A Lebanese audience celebrates Mayas’ winning “America’s Got Talent” with tears of joy and hope

Mias win american talents It was worth over a million dollars to Lebanese viewers.

The Dance Troupe VictoryWhich gave them the seven-figure award Wednesday night, gave a glimmer of hope for the country and its residents, who continue to face a wave of crises and bad news.

“We haven’t shed tears of joy for a long time in this country, and we made it happen,” says Reem Nasra, 24, a recruitment agent in Beirut.

Mayyas made international headlines for the first time when she got a golden bell fromJudge Sofia Vergara for their performance during the tests, and to secure them A spot in the semi-finals.

“There are no words to explain how we feel here,” Vergara said at the time. “It was the most beautiful creative dance I’ve ever seen.”

We haven’t shed tears of happiness in this country for a long time, and Mayas achieved it

Reem Nasra, 24

Since then, the Lebanese group has carried out a series of breathtaking routines I made it to the final. And their journey to the top is linked to the people of the country around the world.

“They are an example of what a synchronized group of Lebanese can achieve,” says Elie Latouf, 26, a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard Medical School in the US. “A win like this communicates a universal message.”

Watch the moment Mayyas won America’s Got Talent here

Lebanon is currently facing an economic crisis described by the World Bank as one of the worst in 150 years. According to a United Nations study, the financial meltdown has pushed more than 80% of the population lives in poverty While inflation and living expenses reached record levels.

The country’s plight made global news, highlighting everything from the fuel crisis to the deadly Beirut port explosion in 2020.

Latouf says that seeing Lebanon represented in a different light, as a beacon of art and culture, was refreshing.

“Most people know the Lebanon they see in the news, which may not be completely misleading, unfortunately,” he said. the National. “This time the world sees no one, but a Lebanese group full of art, creativity and discipline.”

Lebanese celebrate Mayyas' victory in a video shared by dancer Aya Sharaf from the band.  Photo: Instagram / ayacharaf

Latouf’s sentiments resonate with many other Lebanese, who take pride in representing the group’s outstanding on a global platform.

“This is our real Lebanon,” says Rima Hijazi, 26.

The agricultural engineer, watching from her home in Choueifat, southeast of Beirut, luckily had electricity all night to broadcast the final live. Several other homes across Lebanon were without electricity, prompting private television station LBCI to campaign for generator owners to keep the lights on before the show.

The electricity crisis in Lebanon is only one of many obstacles Maya It had to be overcome during exercise.

Despite the many obstacles, the girls worked long hours, determined to grab the title.

According to the group’s founder and choreographer Nadim Cherfanthe team was in the studio daily and “only leave when the power goes out”.

He previously said, “When it comes to art, nothing stands in your way.” the National.

Watch Mayyas perform during auditions on America’s Got Talent

Their hard work and diligence made them more deserving of winning, according to many Lebanese. It is also a testament to the country’s potential, despite the odds.

“This win means that despite everything we are going through, our will to live and succeed overcomes all misery,” says Yara Youssef, 25, marketing coordinator in Beirut.

Between pride and hope, Mayas also evoked a solemn feeling in some.

“It is sad to know that if you have potential here in Lebanon, you have to leave to reach your goals,” Hegazy said. the National. “We are in the wrong place to thrive.”

But despite her international achievement, Mayass returns to Lebanon, where she will continue to work on her art.

While Cherfan is asked why he continues to work in Beirut, he is adamant about going back to where they started.

“I never leave my country because my country has never left me,” he says.

Updated: September 15, 2022, 11:59 AM

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