And the historic 'America’s Got Talent' Season 17 winner is…

History, or herstory, was made on the America’s Got Talent Season 17 finale Wednesday, when the top two contestants were both female dance acts — an AGT first

And interestingly, both were also international Got Talent alumni: Lebanese dance troupe Mayyas won Arabs Got Talent in 2019, the very same year that pole-dancer/multimedia storyteller Kristy Sellars won the Australian version of the show.

And interestingly, both were also international Got Talent alumni: Lebanese dance troupe Mayyas won Arabs Got Talent in 2019, the very same year that pole-dancer/multimedia storyteller Kristy Sellars won the Australian version of the show.

Here in the U.S., however, it was Mayyas — a modern dance collective comprising 36 Lebanese women of varying ages, and the first Arab dance crew to ever appear on AGT — that ultimately won AGT’s $1 million prize and a headlining slot at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas

Here in the U.S., however, it was Mayyas — a modern dance collective comprising 36 Lebanese women of varying ages, and the first Arab dance crew to ever appear on AGT — that ultimately won AGT’s $1 million prize and a headlining slot at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas

Kristy placed second, and the top five was rounded out by country music acts Chapel Hart and Drake Milligan (fifth and third place, respectively) and deepfake technology artists MetaPhysic in fourth.

Viewers were thrilled with this result, taking to Twitter with comments like: “After 17 seasons, the curse has finally ended and a dance group won #AGT!”

Viewers were thrilled with this result, taking to Twitter with comments like: “After 17 seasons, the curse has finally ended and a dance group won #AGT!”

(The only time a dance collective had ever won the show was when India’s V.Unbeatable, who’d previously placed fourth on AGT Season 14, prevailed on the all-star spinoff AGT: The Champions in 2020.)

That fateful evening, main judge Simon Cowell had told Nadim and Mayyas, “This really, really will make a difference, full stop, in so many positive ways.”