7 facts about America’s Got Talent Season 17 winners, Mayyas

America’s Got Talent Season 17 winners Mayyas won the grand prize of $1 million dollars and a ticket to join America’s Got Talent Las Vegas LIVE stage show.

Sarah - Wexford Has Talent
Sarah - Wexford Has Talent

The dance group had wowed the judges Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Sofia Vergara, and Heidi Klum. The crowd had also gotten to their feet for the group as well.

Model Vergara is their biggest fan, heaping praises on the group’s head. “From the moment I first saw the Mayyas, their act was spectacular and gave me goosebumps. Their coordinated choreography was the most beautiful, creative dancing I have ever seen. Each time they competed, they continued to outdo themselves. Their empowering performances have earned them the ultimate title and I’m so proud of them and can’t wait to see what they do next,” she said, as quoted by Deadline.

But what do you know of this dance group that have become America’s next big thing in entertainment? Find out.

7 facts you need to know about America’s Got Talent Season 17 winners Mayyas

7. They are made up of 36 Lebanese women

The Mayyas dance group consists of 36 Lebanese women of varying ages. Sur Sangram claimed that the ages of the members of the group ranged from 15 to 22.

6. Their message and name is ‘women empowerment’

While Lebanon is not a completely Islamic nation, a large percentage, 67.6 according to a 2019 government stat, are Muslim. With 32.4 percent being Christians. The women group struggled to build their reputation in their home country, and their aim of performing on a stage, as big as that of America’s Got Talent is to be known all of over the world, which undoubtedly, they are now. In addition, their name Mayyas, means ‘the proud walk of a lioness’ in Arabic. Their performances, so full of grace and pride, is a clear representation of what they stand for.

Nadim Cherfan founder of Mayyas, America's Got Talent 17 winners.
Nadim Cherfan, founder and choreographer of the Lebanese dance group Mayyas. Photo Source: Getty Images/Joseph ED

5. Founded by a man named Nadim Cherfan

Of course, it would have been even more fulfilling if you found out that the group has a woman at the helm. Well, it is poetic that a man named Nadim Cherfan founded the group in 2012. The National News claims that the choreographer started the group from a studio in Beirut. Cherfan had been taking dance lessons since he was 14 and started teaching others when he turned 20. His dream has always been to show the world the sort of talent that his home country can produce and talent shows gave him and his dancers the opportunity to do so.

4. Mayyas have been competing since 2019

The America’s Got Talent Season 17 is not the first time that the Mayyas dance group have taken to the stage to compete. In 2019, they were part of the contestants of Arab’s Got Talent Season 6 and ended up winning the competition, earning a brand new car and $53,333 cash prize. Then, they tried their hands at the highly competitive Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions contest. The show featured winners, finalists and other notable acts from across the Got Talent franchise and they were knocked out before the final round. Twist and Pulse, a comic dance duo, won that contest.

3. Inspired to compete by Nightbirde

Nightbirde had touched almost everyone with her attitude towards life and incredible talent. The Mayyas founder Nadim Cherfan was not left out. After their poor outing at Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions competition, Cherfan was ready to put his dreams aside. The pandemic, Lebanese economic downturn, and the deadly port blast in Beirut that claimed 200 lives all put him down.

However, he claimed to have been moved by Nightbirde’s audition. “She was fighting for her life and still took to the stage to share her talent with the world. She inspired me to take the chance to represent my country and audition, so we went for it,” Cherfan said.

Thus, with renewed vigor, he and his group of dancers began putting in the necessary extra work to get ready for the biggest competition of their lives. He said that they trained from afternoon until midnight every day.

2. First AGT winners from the Middle East

What the Mayyas have done may not really reflect on many in America, but people living in the Middle East would understand what it means. 21-year-old Mohamad Ajouz, who is close to the dancers said, “Seeing a Lebanese group on the biggest stage in the world means everything to me and all the Lebanese people. They represent what the Lebanese woman can do and what the Lebanese citizens have to offer.”

By emerging as America’s Got Talent Season 17 winners, the Mayyas are the first Middle East acts to win the contest and the third non-American acts to do so.

1. Mayyas are superstars

On America’s Got Talent Season 17 final day, Mayyas got to perform alongside other finalist and artists like Black Eyed Peas, Darius Rucker, Jon Pardi, and Trombone Shorty. Also, previous winners of the shows like Terry Fator, Darci Lynne and Shin Lim performed.

However, even before that, they have been featured in several productions. For example, the dancers were part of the Egyptian version Coca-Cola theme song the 2018 FIFA World Cup, “Colors” by Jason Derulo and Tamer Hosny. Nawal Al Zoghbi, a Lebanese singer, also featured them on the music video for her song “Bhebo Ktir”.

Their YouTube channel had 30,000 subscribers by September 2022, undoubtedly, it would increase with their new far-reaching win.

What next for Mayyas? With their talent now visible for the world to see, we should expect to see this dancing group feature more in music videos for mainstream artists. Also, events booking requests should start pouring in for them. Congratulations have been pouring in for them since they were announced America’s Got Talent Season 17 winners.

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Obinna is a fiction writer from Lagos, Nigeria, and grew up loving comic book characters and superheroes. He watches lots of action films and writes entertainment and technology articles. He is also interested in science and how things work.

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