Lebanese celebrated the local dance troupe Mayyas on Thursday after it won the “America’s Got Talent” TV contest, stoking joy and pride in a country battered by years of political and economic turmoil. Many fans, across age groups and religious lines in the crisis-tested country and its large diaspora, tearfully cheered the all-women group for what judges and viewers hailed as a hypnotic and mesmerising performance. “Congratulations Mayyas, proud, proud, proud,” tweeted Lebanese pop star Elissa, while caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati gushed that “Lebanese creativity shines” in the performance. A Twitter user called Wael summed up the mood about the group that beat all the odds: “They come from a country ravaged by crisis and, despite the difficulties, they managed to be the best. Lebanese all around the world are proud of you.” The troupe led by choreographer Nadim Cherfan scooped a $1 million prize and the chance to headline a Las Vegas show for their extravagant performance featuring belly dancing, feather fans and white orbs of light. “You gave us a glimpse of hope and showed the world what Lebanese women are capable of,” tweeted another fan, DivaMaj, saluting the group that in 2019 won the Arabs Got Talent contest.