Lebanese Dance Team Mayyas Make Hypnotic Comeback In “America’s Got Talent” Semi-Final
The Mayyas have made a meteoric comeback America’s Got Talent arrange.
The Lebanese dance company, which received a golden buzzer from modern family actress and judge Sofia Vergara, put on a sensational show in the semi-finals. Their mesmerizing dance performance was acclaimed by the live audience during Tuesday night’s show.
Performing a serpentine routine, the crew wore gold jumpsuits and masks, while the lead dancer wore a bedlah-style outfit, complete with a gold skirt and long-sleeved green top. Like their previous performance on the US talent show, they danced to a selection of Arabic melodies.
Watch Mayyas’ Full “America’s Got Talent” Semi-Final Performance Here
Halfway through the show, the main dancer broke away and made the figure of a snake with her hands, a puppet of a message in Arabic, which translates to: “Her soul and my soul, my soul and his soul, have seen two souls exist in one body.”
They received a standing ovation from all four judges – Vergara, Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel. Vergara attempted to climb onto the desk to join the band, before joining host Terry Crews on stage.
“Every one of us in this room, I promise you, is going to remember this moment,” Cowell said of the performance.
“It’s not just going to change your lives, and it’s going to sound very dramatic, it’s a world-changing performance. It was as good as it gets… respect.”
The group had strong support in the crowd, with people holding “vote for Mayyas” signs and waving Lebanese flags.
In June, the troupe of Beirut performers were sped up for live shows when Vergara hit the golden buzzer, telling them, “It was the most beautiful, creative dance I’ve ever seen.”
After the first round, the group returned to Lebanon with its founder and choreographer Nadim Cherfan, who told The National that they had put into the rehearsal hours.
“Every day we’re in the studio from afternoon until after midnight. We only leave when the power goes out,” he said.
The finals will air on September 13 and 14.
This isn’t Mayyas’ first talent show experience. The group won the sixth season of Arabs have talent in 2019 and participated in Great Britain has talent: the champions the same year. Their Arabs have talent victory came with a new car and 200,000 Saudi riyals ($53,333).
The price to win America’s Got Talent is $1 million.
Watch Mayyas’ Full “America’s Got Talent” Audition Here
Last month, the For You Lebanon campaign was launched to support Mayyas on America has talent.
The Lebanon Broadcasting Corporation International launched Kermalak Ya Lebnen – For You Lebanon, an American campaign aimed at Lebanese and Arab citizens living in the United States who have the right to vote for the acts featured on the show.
With this, LBCI has created a variety of promotional advertisements which are shared on TV, YouTube and through social media platforms. In the clips, the women who form the group introduce themselves and show off some of their moves.
LBCI hopes the campaign will boost Mayyas’ chances of victory, a triumph it says will serve as “a message of hope and faith in Lebanon’s rebirth.”
Updated: September 07, 2022, 11:08 a.m.