America’s Got Talent crowns a new champion! Lebanese dance troupe The Mayyas wins season 17
America’s Got Talent crowned its new winner!
After weeks of competition, the Mayyas have been named the champions of the season 17 competition series. With the grand prize, the Lebanese all-girl dance troupe take home the million dollar prize and a headlining show at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
The Mayyas first caught America’s attention during their mind-blowing audition, prompting Judge Sofía Vergara to press her Golden Buzzer.
“I would be so honored to empower you even more on this journey because you deserve it and I want to be a part of it,” Vergara, 50, said in the episode before hitting his buzzer. She also told PEOPLE how she got “goosebumps” watching their performance.
During the live shows, the band delivered another mesmerizing dance routine that fellow judge and executive producer Simon Cowell said would “change the world”.
“They’re Vegas ready – I’d go watch them,” fellow judge Heidi Klum told PEOPLE shortly after the live show. “I think they’re amazing. It’s the costumes. It’s like mind-blowing moments. It’s like memorizing, it’s haunting. They hypnotize you in a way.”
Trae Patton/NBC The Mayyas
“I think by far, for me personally, this is probably the most impressive and wonderful act I’ve seen in my years on this show,” added judge Howie Mandel. “It’s not like anything you can describe. It was amazing. It was just beautiful and mesmerizing and mesmerizing and powerful. Then consider where they are from and what the culture is, and what they’re up against and what women are anyway, all over the world. They need to be the standard bearers for women’s empowerment.
Of the positive reception, the group’s founder, Nadim Cherfan, told PEOPLE: “[It’s] absolutely amazing. We have to swallow. We couldn’t swallow those feelings, but hearing those comments from those judges gave us a huge boost of confidence.”
Casey Durkin/NBC The Mayyas in the AGT Finals
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On Wednesday, the band delivered another top-notch performance for the final. Cherfan later told PEOPLE they couldn’t feel more “proud of us” for all they’ve accomplished.
“Every moment of this experience has been truly memorable, from the Golden Buzzer to the semi-finals and now the final,” he said. “It’s not about the title anymore. It’s about a huge bigger message for our people to believe in themselves and give hope to our country as it enters dark times.”
Trae Patton/NBC Sofia Vergara with the Mayyas
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Before the results were announced in Wednesday’s final, excitement was at an all-time high.
The black-eyed peas and AGT alums Light Balance opened the show with an electric number, before the judges and host Terry Crews raved about the final performances of the season 17 finalists.
Casey Durkin/NBC/Getty The Mayyas
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Top 11 Artists – The Mayyas, magician Nicolas Ribs, singer Sara James, artificial intelligence (AI) band Metaphysic, saxophonist Avery Dixon, country band Chapel Hart, pole dancer Kristy Sellars, magician Yu Hojin , comedian Mike E. Winfield, country singer Drake Milligan and ventriloquist singer Celia Muñoz — then had a chance to get back on stage.
Trae Patton/NBC The Mayyas on America’s Got Talent
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Ribs and Hojin did some magic with elders AGT winner, magician Shin Lim, while Milligan sang with fellow country singer Jon Pardi and Chapel Hart sang with Darius Rucker. Winfield was lucky enough to participate in a Cowell comedy roast, with help from Jeff Ross and fellow Season 17 comedians Tom McMillian, Mr. Pants and Lace Larrabee.
Muñoz also performed with other ventriloquists and AGT alums Darci Lynne and Terry Fator, while Sellars and The Mayyas performed a riveting routine together.
Finally, Dixon performed with Trombone Shorty and James sang with the Black Eyed Peas. Legendary actor Henry Winkler also made an appearance during the finale.
Trae Patton/NBC/Getty America’s Got Talent judges and host
Later that evening, the top 5 artists were announced, with Milligan, Sellars, Metaphysic, The Mayyas and Chapel Hart leading the way.
From there, Chapel Hart finished in fifth place, Metaphysic finished fourth, Milligan finished third, and Sellars finished second.
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Season 17 of America’s Got Talent can be streamed in full on NBC.com or Hulu.