American Mean Melin Rules the Air Guitar Week

American Mean Melin Rules the Air Guitar Week

Air Guitar World Championships 2013 was a tight twist to two Dark Horses. Thursday's victorious Eric "Mean Melin" Melin (US) also nailed both of his performances in the Friday's World Final - after being challenged by his countryman, Doug "The Thunder" Stroock. As a result, The Thunder's oozingly sexual air guitar moves couldn't compete with Mean Melin's straight-forward rock charisma: the Kansas-based Dave Grohl lookalike is inevidably going home with the World Title of Air Guitar and hand-made Flying Finn electric guitar.

The mesmerized Air Guitar audience both in Oulu and online got to witness an extremely close competition when the difference in points between the four best finalists was only 0,2. The third place in the competition went to Thom "W!ld Th!ing 37" Wilding (UK) when the defending Air Guitar World Champion 2012, Justin "Nordic Thunder" Howard (US) scored fourth.

The honorary jury included  the Head of the Jury, guitarist Juha Torvinen, radio personality of the radio station YleX Matti Ylönen, former Air Guitar Producer Marika Lamberg and two national organizers, West Hays (US) and Aline Westphal (DE). The peace-loving World Final introduced also mass karaoke in the style of the 90's when the founder of Air Guitar World Championships, singer-songwriter Jukka Takalo excited the audience to sing for a better and more tolerant world. The Air Guitar Community got also some taste of true sugar, when the former Russian national champion Alex "Devilseducer" Gott proposed for his lovely girlfriend in favourable results. The World Final was hosted by Dan "Björn Türoque" Crane.

The Results of the Air Guitar World Championships Finals

1. Eric "Mean Melin" Melin (US) 34,2 (17,7)
2. Doug "The Thunder" Stroock (US) 34,2 (16,8)
3. Thom "W!ld Th!ng 37" Wilding (UK) 34,1
4. Justin "Nordic Thunder" Howard (US) 34,0
5. Jason "Lt. Facemelter" Farnan (US) 33,5
6. Kereel "Your Daddy" Blumenkrants (RU) 33,3
6. Emmanuelle "Miss Issipy" Stempniakowski (BE) 33,3
6. Mitsuaki "Inogami Koushou" Inoue (JP) 33,3
9. Georgi "Photo" Nikolov (BG) 32,6
10. Corentin "Airgus" Fermont (BE) 31,6
11. Daniel "Moredrive" Oldemeier (DE) 16,4
12. Kasper "ThunderFlesh" Toernstroem (DK) 16,3 
12. Altair "Rockin' Rabbit" Kassymov (KZ) 16,3
14. Benjamin "Benny Fairguson" Thiebaut (FR) 16,0
15. James "The Beast" Lowe (NL) 15,7
16. Vladlena "Ivana Rock" Kaminskaya (RU) 15,6
17. Christian "Heart Buckboard" Sweep (DE) 15,1

For press photos, please see the media gallery.

For more information contact:

Hanna Jakku
Producer
Tel. +358 44 970 1517
hanna(at)airnestprod.com

World Final Press Photos by Maiju Torvinen

Fri 23 Aug 2013

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