America’s Got Talent 2022 LIVE – Winners Mayyas will NOT receive $1million prize money – here’s why… – The US Sun

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THE MAYYAS have been crowned the winners of season 17 of America's Got Talent – but they won't actually receive a $1million lump sum prize.
America voted for the live finale event, and the Lebanese dance team came out on top.
As part of their prize, the Mayyas will become a headlining act in Las Vegas.
They also win a $1million prize. However, the million dollar prize is actually a 40-year annuity, according to Forbes.
Winners can choose to receive $25,000 a year – before tax – so the real amount will be significantly less.
Or if they choose the lump sum amount, it will be just $300,000, Forbes reports.
Read our America's Got Talent live blog for updates…
AGT judges were not born in the US
America is a melting pot, and with the AGT judges being the spicy foreign ingredients, the audience is in for an interesting dinner served at the finale.
Simon Cowell is English, Sofia Vergara is Colombian, Heidi Klum is German, and Howie Mandel is Canadian.
America is deciding tonight which of the 11 finalists will win this season of AGT, and the announcement airs live at 9pm EST on NBC.
How to get on America’s Got Talent
For those who want to take their first step to stardom, many rounds of auditions for America’s Got Talent are held across several cities in the US.
This season, contestants were asked to submit an initial video of their act.
Those video submissions determined who got invited to be a part of the show’s live auditions.
The team traveled to cities like MiamiLouisvilleNew York City, and Dallas to hold the live auditions.
How does voting work, continued
The voting opens every Tuesday at 8 pm ET and closes on Wednesdays at 7 am ET.
Viewers are limited to 10 votes per voting method. 
The two acts with the most votes are announced on Wednesdays to advance to finals. 
How does voting work? 
There are two ways to vote on America’s got talent.
Voting can be done on the AGT app or through the online voting system.
AGT Extreme put on hold
After stuntman Jonathan Goodwin had a terrible accident that left him paralyzed last October, NBC has decided to cancel Simon Cowell’s America’s Got Talent Extreme series.
The incident that occurred when a fireball stunt went wrong left Simon, 62, shocked, and now “insurance is proving difficult, according to a source who spoke with The Sun.
The source added: “He was a total professional but things went wrong and he plunged 30ft while trying to escape from a straitjacket as he hung upside down in mid-air.
“Simon was horrified. He’s now focused on other projects.”
What is America’s Got Talent: Extreme?
America’s Got Talent: Extreme is a spin-off of America’s Got Talent, a talent competition program that first premiered on June 21, 2006.
While America’s Got Talent welcomed people with every aptitude, the Extreme version will solely focus on stunt performers.
Like America’s Got Talent, America’s Got Talent: Extreme is created by Simon Cowell and premiers on NBC.
Contestants from all over America will join to exhibit their stunts and extreme skits. The winner will win $500,000 and be named the crowned champion.
Who is Howie Mandel?
Howie’s most well-known job was presenting the game show Deal or No Deal.
Mandel has served as a judge on America’s Got Talent for the most time of any previous judge.
He made his debut appearance in Season 5, and this will be his twelfth season behind the dreaded X’s.
Who is Heidi Klum?
Heidi Klum is a German-American model, television personality, producer, and entrepreneur who was the first German Victoria’s Secret Angel.
She originally appeared on the show in 2013 and remained on the panel until 2018, when she took a brief hiatus.
For Season 15, Klum returned as a judge and stayed.
Who is Sofía Vergara?
Sofía Vergara is a Colombian-American actress best known for her role in the television comedy Modern Family as Gloria.
Between 2013 through 2020, she was the highest-paid actress on American television for seven years.
Cowell to launch global multi-media project
Simon Cowell, creator of hit franchise shows like Got Talent and X Factor, revealed he will launch a global multi-media project soon.
Cowell, who has a development deal with NBC Universal, is “excited” to launch a fresh international entertainment format.
”Something triggered something in my head, a few weeks ago, which I think is the next thing.
“I am excited my next thing will be something brand new.”
Simon Cowell rips up work schedule
Former workaholic Cowell has reduced his hectic work schedule -often featuring regular 20 hour days –  since recovering from his near paralyzing back accident two years ago.
Cowell, 62, admitted, “I do less now” and his renewed energy and vigor for work comes from, “not doing as much as I used to, if I am being honest.
“I have kind of ripped up my schedule.”
“I got to a point where I got my schedule on a Sunday and I felt like I was going back to school.”
Who is Simon Cowell?
Simon Cowell is well-known around the world for his tough yet lovable judging approach on numerous competition shows.
America’s Got Talent, Britain’s Got Talent, The X Factor, and American Idol have all featured him.
He originally joined the judges on Season 11 of America’s Got Talent.
Who are the AGT judges?
Each season of the series, the fate of the competitors lies in four judges’ hands. They are:
How is the prize money awarded?
A disclaimer during the closing credits explains: “The prize, which totals $1,000,000, is payable in a financial annuity over forty years, or the contestant may choose to receive the present cash value of such annuity.”
This means that the winner can either choose to get $25,000 a year for 40 years, or they can take the present cash value of the annuity.
According to Forbes, the present cash value in 2011 was around $300,000 before taxes.
Remembering Season 3 winner Neal E. Boyd
The AGT stage has welcomed many extraordinary individuals since 2006.
Season 3 of the competitive competition crowned Neal E. Boyd the winner, an opera singer from Sikeston, Missouri.
Following his AGT achievement, Boyd was also involved in Politics, and was nicknamed “The Voice of Missouri” due to his appearance in prominent statewide events.
He also ran for the Missouri House of Representatives in 2012 and 2014 but was defeated both times.
Boyd passed away from liver disease in 2018.
Who are The Mayyas?
The winner of season 17 of America’s Got Talent is The Mayyas, a Lebanese dance crew founded by Nadim Cherfan.
They first made headlines when they received the Golden Buzzer from Sofia Vergara.
When they are not performing on the AGT stage, they can often be found posting about their performances on Instagram to over 316,000 followers.
Where are the AGT champs now: Kodi Lee
Kodi Lee took home the Season 14 trophy and Americans’ hearts.
In 2019, Lee impressed viewers with his sheer musical talent and incredibly high notes. Lee is blind and autistic, granting him challenges every day.
However, Lee surpasses his physical and mental disabilities by performing. He is currently performing for AGT’s Las Vegas live show at the Luxor.
Where are the AGT champs now: Brandon Leake
The winner of America’s Got Talent’s 15th season is spoken word poet, educator, and motivational speaker Brandon Leake.
He was the first spoken word poet to appear on America’s Got Talent, and Howie Mandel gave him the Golden Buzzer in the first round.
On September 23, 2020, he was announced as the 15th season’s winner. He received a $1million cash prize, a brand-new Kia Stinger, and the chance to appear at Luxor Las Vegas, per The Cinemaholic.
Since his win, he has gained national recognition because the show gave him a stage on which to showcase his talent.
He has secured a deal with United Talent Agency for representation and has released a book of poems titled, Unraveling: Poems.
Where are the AGT champs now: Dustin Tavella
In 2021, Dustin Tavella mesmerized spectators and the AGT judges with his incredible magic skills and enchanting tales from his fascinating life, and the Season 16 winner received the $1,000,000 prize.
He connected with the AGT judges and won fans nationwide by skillfully fusing his passion of storytelling and magic. This ultimately led to his victory.
At the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas, Dustin is now the show’s host for the America’s Got Talent live performance.
He and his family relocated from Virginia Beach to Las Vegas after he won Season 16 of AGT. Dustin Tavella planned his new show while traveling with his family and moving.
He also has his own show, Here Comes Trouble, which mixes his two interests in music and magic into a “unique, high-energy” performance for all ages, per NBC.
Where are the AGT champs now: Paul Zerdin
On Season 10, Paul Zerdin made history as the first-ever Golden Buzzer Act to take home the title.
The comedian and ventriloquist has been busy on tour in the United Kingdom, with dates scheduled through 2023.
Zerdin has also been no stranger to the AGT family. Since his win, he returned to the stage in 2019 for America’s Got Talent: The Champions.
Where are the AGT champs now: Kevin Skinner
Soon after taking the Season 4 title, Skinner released his first album Last Ride in 2010.
As shocking as it may be, this is really all we’ve heard from the country singer since.
Stream his one and only album, which features his hit Like It’s The Last Goodbye on all streaming platforms.
Where are the AGT champs now: Grace VanderWaal
Following in Paul Zerdin’s Golden Buzzer footsteps, Grace VanderWaal took home the prize in Season 11, becoming the second Golden Buzzer winner to win the competition.
Once the season concluded, the young star released her album Just The Beginning and four EPs. Her music is released on most streaming platforms and can be listened to here.
In 2020, she also made her acting debut, starring in the Disney+ original movie, Stargirl.
Where are the AGT champs now: Michael Grimm
Following the singer-songwriter’s win in Season 5, Grimm headlined the first-ever national America’s Got Talent Tour.
Following the Tour, his success landed him a spot on tour with Stevie Nicks and Heart.
His first album titled Michael Grimm was released in 2011, featuring legendary names such as Ann Wilson from Heart and 30+ time Grammy nominee Kenny Aronoff.
Grimm has been busy at work and his music has taken him to perform all over the world, including Costa Rica and China.
Throughout 2019 and 2020, Grimm headlined Myron’s Cabaret at Smith Center in Las Vegas and released three new albums.
Where are the AGT champs now: Darci Lynne
As the third ventriloquist to win the title, Darci Lynne won Season 12 at just 12 years old, and became the youngest star to ever win America’s Got Talent.
After her win, she started touring across the country and hasn’t stopped since. In 2020, she began her National Tour Fresh Out of The Box.
This April, she made her acting debut in the film A Cowgirls Song.
Where are the AGT champs now: Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.
Season 6 winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. continues to bring showmanship and soul to the musical stage.
Since his 2011 victory, Murphy Jr. has released four albums: That’s Life, Christmas Made for Two, Landau and Landau Live in Las Vegas.
Not only is Murphy Jr. an accredited artist, but he has dedicated much of his time to helping the homeless community- a community he was once a part of.
He’s fundraised millions of dollars for charities– including those in his home state of West Virginia. Here, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia.
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