America’s Got Talent crowns the winners of the 2022 Mayyas Dance Team
The votes are on and America has chosen the hit Lebanese dance group Mayyas as the winner of America’s Got Talent season 17 (Read our recap)
The Mayyas started the season in style by Sofia Vergara golden buzzer as she told them she wanted to go further after feeling empowered by their talent and story. They are from Lebanon and were the first Arabic dance troupe on AGT. In Lebanon, dancing is not a sustained career and especially not for women. Their audition showed their strength in forming shapes through their dances.
“From the moment I first saw the Mayyas, their act was spectacular and gave me goosebumps,” Sofia said in a press release. “Their coordinated choreography was the most beautiful and creative dance I’ve ever seen. Each time they competed, they continued to outdo each other. Their empowering performances earned them the ultimate title and I’m so proud of them and I can’t wait to see what they do next.
The Mayyas celebrate their journey
In Tuesday’s final performance episode, the group began their routine in the form of a high dress before moving the feathers they were holding and revealing the group. They once again showed off their great synchronization while holding glowing orbs. The routine felt like a mix of their audition and semi-final performance, but also new. It really celebrated their journey and was a really fun routine.
In the semi-finals, the band took their audition up a notch and brought even more storytelling to the stage. The piece was haunting and the band slithered like a snake at one point. It sounds weird, but if you haven’t watched it already, do it now. It was my favorite performance of the band and of the whole season.
Mayyas won two Got Talent shows
Something amazing about the act is that all of the music is curated specifically for the Mayyas by composer Harry Hedeshian. What’s also crazy is that the group has only been around for 4 years. Choreographer and founder Nadim Cherfan founded the group about 4 years ago. The name of their group comes from an Arabic word meaning the proud march of a lioness. They won The Arab has talent in 2019, and have now won AGT Season 17! This is just the beginning for this super talented and innovative dance group! They are arguably one of the best bands to ever compete on AGT.
Only one dance number won America’s Got Talentand not since Kenichi Ebina who won season 8. The Top 2 of season 17 was 100% right as a multimedia pole dancer, Kristy Sellars (which placed second) and The Mayyas gave three flawless performances unique to AGT.
It’s rare to see dancing earn so many votes on the show, so it was clear that both acts were excellent. Coincidentally, Kristy and Mayyas ended up performing together on the finale of their showcase performance. It was short but a cool combination of dancing from both acts. It all ended with Kristy running and holding a glowing orb, standing in the center of the Mayyas.
The AGT prize is $1 million and headlining the AGT residency in Las Vegas
Wednesday’s finale featured a series of performances celebrating the season featuring the Top 11 finalists paired with a famous person, alumnus or other act from the season to showcase their talents. In the second half of the show, the results narrowed it down to a Top 5, and eventually, a winner was revealed.
The Mayyas win the show’s $1 million grand prize (paid over 40 years) and will join the “America’s Got Talent Las Vegas LIVE” show at the Luxor Hotel and Casino. The band’s specific Las Vegas performance dates, as well as which other Season 17 fan favorites will be joining, will be announced soon.