The name of the Lebanese dance group, Mayas, topped the social networking sites in the Arab world and the world after winning the seventeenth edition of the American talent show “America’s got talent”.
The result was announced on Thursday morning, September 15, 2022, after the band reached the final stage to compete with Australian Christy Cellars.
Official congratulations in Lebanon
The President of the Lebanese Republic, General Michel Aoun, congratulated the Lebanese band, tweeting: “The victory of “Mayass” group in the most important international talent program is a source of pride for the Lebanese people. Our hearts all.”
President Aoun decided to award the “Mayas” band the Lebanese Order of Merit, “in appreciation of its artistic gifts and success in the most important international talent programs.”
The caretaker prime minister, Najib Mikati, also congratulated the band, and tweeted through his official account: “Once again, the Lebanese creativity is manifested by a wonderful performance by the “Mayas” band in the United States of America, hoping that success will always be with it. Congratulations on the victory and more brilliance.”
And former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri wrote: “The Mayas band… the most beautiful people… congratulations.”
For its part, “the leadership of the Lebanese army congratulated the “Mayass” squad, its trainers and members, for winning the America’s got talent competition, bringing to the world the message of a bright and vibrant Lebanon. Towards more brilliance and success.”
In turn, the Lebanese Ministry of Tourism tweeted through its official account: “A new dream and new hope are living with the Mayass band. Today, after its victory, you made us return, despite all circumstances, to the glory of Lebanon and your sweet image in the minds of the whole world. Congratulations Mayass. You raised the name of Lebanon in the world and raised the head of every Lebanese in our country.”
Technical and media congratulations
A number of Lebanese artists, actors and media faces congratulated Mayas band on the victory, including the artist Najwa Karam, who expressed her joy by saying: “Something that grows the heart, this is a victory and glory for Lebanon. Congratulations Mayas.”
For his part, the Lebanese artist Ramy Ayyash said: “The success of the Lebanese is often with a special effort. Mayas wish you a bright future and a successful and long career.”
Arab and international congratulations
The joy of Mayas’ victory was not limited to the Lebanese, as many considered her victory “representing the Arab peoples as a whole.”
After the dazzling victory of the Lebanese band Mayass, the Saudi ambassador to Lebanon, Walid Bukhari, tweeted: “The Mayass band, which dazzled the world, gave us an image of Lebanon that loves Lebanon, the rare coin that will remain the jewel of the Arabs…”.
International star Sofia Vergara expressed her admiration for the performance of the Mias band in the latest show of the American Got Talent show, and said in a tweet: “I am so proud of you, you deserve to win.”
Sophia’s name invaded social networking sites in Lebanon, and many noted her support for the Mayas band, and singers interacted with the golden necklace that she wore around her neck, which was presented to her by the Lebanese band in which she carried the Cedar of Lebanon.
A popular delight in Lebanon
After the results were announced, a wave of joy swept the Lebanese streets, which some considered an urgent need in light of the difficult economic, political and living conditions in the country.
Nisreen and Zahira said: “In the time of successive defeats and surreal defeats in Lebanon, Mayas band breaks through the global space to tell the true story of Lebanon.”
For his part, the Lebanese artist Basem Mughniyeh said: “Lebanon is a country of contradictions. Is it possible for a country with all these crises, a population of 4 million, and an area not exceeding 2% of the area of some countries, an economic crisis unparalleled in history, and an explosion that shook the universe to be produced in a month? Qualification for the Basketball World Cup and the global success of MIAS?
Some question marks also emerged about the reasons that lead to the emergence of Arab energies and talents abroad more than their countries of origin.
The Lebanese dance troupe, Mayas, consists of a group of girls between the ages of 13 and 25.
This troupe was founded by the well-known dance coach Nadim Cherfan, who came up with the idea and implemented it in 2013.
After the band won the Arab competition program, Arab’s got talent, three years ago, Mayas achieved wide Arab and international fame.