'America's Got Talent' on NBC: Who is Ethan Jan? Rubik's cube Guinness World Records holder dazzles judges
For most of us ordinary people, it takes countless hours to solve the Rubik's cube. If you're someone like Heidi Klum, then you may resort to rearranging the cube's colored stickers in a bout of frustration. But the same can't be said for California resident Ethan Jan. The high-school student managed to bag a Guinness World Record for solving the puzzle piece in a record time of 8.91 seconds while hanging upside down!
After setting a world record, Ethan is ready to showcase his extraordinary talent on the biggest talent hunt show in the world, 'America's Got Talent'. Did Ethan manage to impress the judges—Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Sofia Vergara, and Heidi? Read on to find out.
Who is Ethan Jan?
Ethan is a 17-year-old high school student from Redlands, California. He began solving Rubik's cube in fourth grade. While introducing himself to the 'AGT' judges, Ethan revealed that it took him just a week to perfect the skill of solving the tricky puzzle toy. Over the years, Ethan began including showmanship while solving the cube to make it more entertaining. From solving the cube while hanging upside down to juggling the cubes while solving them, Ethan has plenty of tricks in his pocket.
'AGT' isn't the first TV show for Ethan. The talented teenager previously appeared on the first season of 'Game of Talents', where he showcased his unique skills. "Being on the first season of Game of Talents is a memory I cannot ever forget. I feel extremely fortunate to have had this opportunity to solve Rubik's cubes (and dab :) on national television! Everyone I worked with was so nice to me, and I learned a lot from every part of this experience! Huge thanks to everyone who supported me!" he posted on his Instagram after his first stint on national television.
He also turned his childhood dream of being a Guinness World Record Holder in 2021. He took to his Instagram to share the big news alongside a picture of himself holding the World Record Certificate and a Rubik's cube. He wrote, "As a ten-year-old boy with nearly no experience with Rubik's cubes, I imagined myself holding a Guinness World Records certificate, but I was never confident that I would be doing that at any point in time, let alone this soon. None of this would have been possible without everyone who supported me the whole way through. I express gratitude toward those who helped to make my vision a reality. I am very lucky to have had this wonderful experience, and I hope to stay motivated and inspired!"
Ethan Jan on 'AGT'
With 409.4K followers and a little over 13.3M likes on his TikTok account, Ethan is already a celebrity of sorts on the internet, but following his audition on 'AGT', it looks like the teenager is all set to become a big name soon. When Ethan first walked onto the stage and announced that he would be solving Rubik's cubes for his audition, the judges were understandably underwhelmed. He handed a cube to each of the judges and asked them to rearrange it however they liked. Ethan then displayed his unique talents by solving those cubes while riding a unicycle, juggling, and solving the cubes with his back turned against them and not looking at the cubes!
By the end of his act, the judges were so impressed that they were lost for words. Simon dubbed the youngster a "genius". All the four judges gave him a, yes, thus sending the teenager to the next round!
America's Got Talent' Season 17 airs Tuesdays, at 8 pm on NBC. Following the show's premiere, you can catch all-new episodes every Tuesday from 8 to 10 pm ET/PT. For viewers who wish to tune in to the show without cable, they can do so using any of the following streaming services: Sling TV, fuboTV, Hulu With Live TV, AT&T TV, or YouTube TV.