All-female Lebanese dance crew Mayyas took home this year’s America’s Got Talent crown, alongside a $1 million grand prize and the chance to headline a show in Las Vegas.
The all-female dance team took the show crown in a Wednesday night results episode [Getty]
Lebanese dance group Mayyas won this year’s season of “America’s Got Talent,” with another performance that “stunned” the judges.
The all-female dance crew were announced the winners of probably the world’s biggest talent show on Wednesday night with celebrations in native Lebanon.
The grand prize is $1 million and the chance to headline a show in Las Vegas.
Mayyas’ performance – in which the dancers fanned out in the shape of a cedar tree, Lebanon’s national symbol – was met with a standing ovation from the judges, with some in the crowd showing pride in the group by waving flags Lebanese.
“We made it…Lebanon, this one is for you,” the band wrote. in an Instagram post after winning.
— America’s Got Talent (@AGT) September 15, 2022
Lebanese celebrities and influencers – including pop sensation Nancy Ajram – also celebrated the victory, as Lebanese and Arabs took to social media.
“You did it! You brought tears to our eyes and joy to our hearts! Lebanon deserves victory,” Ajram wrote on Twitter.
— Nancy Ajram (@NancyAjram) September 15, 2022
“That’s it! What a moment what a fight what a great delivery of talent! Lebanon and the entire Arab world is so proud of you!” popular businesswoman and influencer Karen Wazen wrote on her Instagram Stories.
After traveling to the United States for the talent show, the group wowed the judges and the American public.
Judge Sofia Vergara awarded them a gold buzzer after their first performance on the show, which gave them a fast-track ticket to the semi-finals.
During the audition, the dancers highlighted their love for Lebanon, but also highlighted the difficulties they had faced in the music industry as Arab women.
“Unfortunately, being a dancer as an Arab woman is not yet fully supported…our presence here…is our only chance to prove what Arab women can do,” they said.
They also stressed that life is a “daily struggle” in Lebanon, which has seen intense economic, political and humanitarian challenges in recent years, culminating in the August 2020 Beirut port explosion that killed over of 220 people.
The group presented Vergara with a cedar necklace. She said LBCI Lebanon that Lebanon is a country “close to my heart” because she grew up in Colombia, where there is a large Lebanese community.