Japanese Boy Band Divides “AGT” Judges But Wins Over Audience With Infectious Joy.

Japanese boy band Travis Japan smiles as they pose at the end of their "AGT" performance of "Just Dance."

There can never be too many boy bands. This is a sentiment that seems to ring true for AGT judge Mel B. — as fans know, she used to be in a girl band herself. It’s no wonder, then, that she jumped at the chance to have Travis Japan on her team for AGT: Fantasy League. This Japanese group first made an appearance on the show in 2022.

This seven-member band (Kaito “Chaka” Miyachika, Kaito “Machu” Matsukura, Noel Kawashima, Shizuya “Shizu” Yoshizawa, Genta “G” Matsuda, Kaito “Umi” Nakamura, and Ryuya “Shime” Shimekake) made it to the semi-finals. Ultimately, though, their vocals weren’t strong enough to carry them through to the end, earning themselves a buzzer of disapproval from Howie Mandel.

Since the performance that sent them home, Travis Japan has worked hard to improve, something that Mel B. is happy to help them continue now that they’re back on the show. All of their hard worked clearly pays off in their performance of an original song called Just Dance.

Travis Japan Captures Hearts With Electrifying AGT Performance

Donning sparkly suits, the seven guys of Travis Japan light up the stage with their dancing and music, encouraging others to join in on the fun.

When it’s time for the judges to weigh in on their performance, both Mel B. and Heidi Klum can’t rave enough over their song. Simon Cowell is less enthusiastic, though he does share that every time they appear on the show, “it makes me feel happy.”

Travis Japan on the "AGT" stage. The lighting is blue and their silhouettes can be seen posing in various positions.
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Mandel, on the other hand, struggles to find the words to express how he feels. Still, after seeing how much everyone else adores this boy band, even he can’t help but share some positivity.

“Here’s the thing, it doesn’t matter what I say because, ultimately, the audience has the choice,” he says, gesturing to the happy audience.

As someone who also adores boy bands, I can’t wait to see where Travis Japan goes from here!

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