AGT (America’s Got Talent) Season 17 returned for an all-new, entertaining episode on Tuesday night. This week, Lebanese dance group Mayyas were able to bag Sofia Vergara’s Golden Buzzer following a hypnotic performance that aimed to share a message of female empowerment.
Mayyas, who started with 50 professional dancers, made her debut in Season 6 of The Arab has talent, and won the title that year. Subsequently, they also became the first and only dance group from the Middle East to participate in Great Britain has talent: the champions.
The Arab dance group appeared on AGT in the hope of breaking the stereotypes that surround Arab women. During her confessional, their choreographer Nadim Cherfan shared that Lebenon is not considered a place where one can pursue a career in dance, adding that things are more difficult there for women.
Mayyas came out on the AGT (America’s Got Talent) stage filled with confidence. When the judges asked them what they were going to do, they said they were going to hypnotize them, which they did exactly.
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Besides the resounding applause, Mayyas also received a standing ovation from all four judges. Sofia Vergara shared that it was the most beautiful and creative dance she had ever seen.
Howie Mandel said,
“You know you said you were going to hypnotize us and when we sat here and watched the movement and the perfection and the amount of time and effort that went into it, we were hypnotized by what you have done.”
Simon Cowell shared that their performance would make a difference in several positive ways, before adding that it was arguably the best act they had ever seen in AGT.
Before the judges could deliver their verdict, Sofia shared that she would be honored to empower the group even more on their journey and pressed her Golden Buzzer for the Lebanese Dance Team.
With the Golden Buzzer, Mayyas has now gone straight to the live shows of AGT. After going behind the scenes, the girls shared that it was a life-changing experience.
Everything we know about the Mayyas dance team in AGT (America’s Got Talent) Season 17, Episode 14
While it was the first time they auditioned for America’s Got Talentthis was by no means the group’s first competition.
Mayyas made their first appearance as a dance group on Season 6 of Arab has talent. In an interview with Arab News, their choreographer shared that he formed the group when he wanted to compete in the Arabic version of the competition.
He added that the group initially consisted of around 50 professional dancers. During their first performance, they had also received their first Golden Buzzer from Najwa Karam, who was a judge on the show. Mayyas was there to earn it and emerged victorious that season.
The group then headed out to participate in Great Britain has talent: the champions, where they were the first and only Middle Eastern dance group to perform. Unfortunately, they were unsuccessful and were eliminated early in the competition.
Undeterred by this, Mayyas has now made his way to AGT (America’s Got Talent) hoping to cross the finish line again. Viewers will be able to see them perform next during the live broadcasts.
AGT (America’s Got Talent) airs every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. Readers can check their local listings for more information.