America’s Got Talent Crowns Lebanese Dance Troupe The Mayyas Winner of Season 17
The new winner of America’s Got Talent has been announced. The Mayyas was crowned the season 17 winners of the competition series following weeks of competition. The Lebanese female dance group won the top prize, which includes a $1 million cash reward and a headline performance at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The Mayyas first got people’s attention with a jaw-dropping audition that made the judge, Sofia Vergara, press the Golden Buzzer.
The ensemble performed another mesmerizing dance routine during the live events, which Simon Cowell, another judge, and executive producer, predicted would “transform the world.” Excitement peaked before the results were revealed during Wednesday’s finale. After an energetic performance by Light Balance and Black Eyed Peas, the judges and host Terry Crews praised the season’s 17 finalists’ final performances.
The top 11 acts, which included The Mayyas, magician Nicolas Ribs, singer Sara James, AI group Metaphysic, saxophonist Avery Dixon, country band Chapel Hart, pole dancer Kristy Sellars, magician Yu Hojin, comedian Mike E. Winfield, country singer Drake Milligan, and singing ventriloquist Celia Muoz, then had the opportunity to perform once more.
While Milligan sang with fellow country singer Jon Pardi and Chapel Hart performed with Darius Rucker, Ribs and Hojin, and magician Shin Lim, a former AGT champion, performed magic. With the assistance of Jeff Ross and fellow comedians Tom McMillian, Mr. Pants, and Lace Larrabee from season 17, Winfield had the opportunity to take part in a comic roast of Cowell.
Along with fellow ventriloquists Darci Lynne and Terry Fator, Muoz also performed, while Sellars and The Mayyas put on a spellbinding performance. Finally, James sang with the Black Eyed Peas while Dixon played with Trombone Shorty. Henry Winkler, a renowned actor, also made an appearance in the finale.
The top five acts were revealed later in the evening and included Milligan, Sellars, Metaphysic, The Mayyas, and Chapel Hart. From there, Sellars came in second, Milligan came in third, Metaphysic came in fourth, and Chapel Hart came in fifth. The $1 million award and the chance to head up a residency at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas go to the Lebanese all-female alternative dance ensemble, created by Lebanese choreographer Nadim Cherfan.