By MARINE JABBOUR
After giving a mesmerizing performance in their initial audition, the Lebanese dance group Mayyas has earned a spot in the America’s Got Talent live events.
Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, and Sofia Vergara were among the judges that were very pleased by the dancers.
They really got a fast track to the live events because Modern Family star Sofia Vergara was so in love with them that she gave her golden buzzer. Each judge is allowed to use one golden buzzer.
One of the members described their moniker to the judges as “an Arabic term that implies the stately stride of a lioness.”
All-female dance group Mayyas, founded by choreographer Nadim Cherfan, traveled all the way from Lebanon to the US to participate in the talent contest in an effort to get more recognition.
The dancers on stage expressed their love for Lebanon while also explaining that they were there to gather support as Arab women dancers striving to make a name for themselves in the Middle East.
Mayyas competed in Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions in 2019 and won season six of Arabs Got Talent. Their victory on Arabs Got Talent came with a brand-new automobile and a monetary award of 200,000 Saudi riyals ($53,333).
The group stated before the show that they intended to “hypnotize” the judges in an effort to win the coveted $1 million America’s Got Talent award.
The ensemble performed to a mix of Arabic tunes while dressed in black style clothing.
As spectators can hear the judges cheering and applauding throughout the performance, it is obvious that their physical dance performance has captured their attention. When the dancers position themselves to form a pair of blinking eyes at one point, Mandel exclaims, “They’re eyes, eyeballs!”
All four judges and the crowd gave the group a standing ovation as they concluded, while presenter Terry Crews and Mayyas creator and choreographer Nadim Cherfan cheered from the audience’s side.
Vergara explains, “There are no words to express to you what we were experiencing over here. The dance was the most artistically stunning I had ever seen”.
“This really, really will make a difference. Full stop,” said Cowell, calling the performance as “arguably, the best dance act we are likely to have ever seen”.