Nine Air Guitarists Qualifies to the World Final

A record-breaking 30 Dark Horses battled over the last spots in the Air Guitar World Championships Qualifying Round in Oulu, Northern Finland on Thursday 27 August. The highest scores were given to American Michael “Operation Rock a Pussy” Lovely. The second best scores were shared by his country fellow Jeffrey “The Airtiste” Stiles (US) and Russian Kereel “Your Daddy” Blumenkrants.

Dark Horses Qualifiying Round Results

1. Michael “Operation Rock a Pussy” Lovely (US) 17.5
2. Jeffrey “The Airtiste” Stiles (US) 17.4
2. Kereel “Your Daddy” Blumenkrants (RU) 17.4
4. Beth “CindAirella” Melin (US) 17.3
5. Patrick “Ehrwolf” Culek (DE) 17.2
5. Tom “The Sweaty Fury” Trevisan (IT) 17.2
7. Zac “The Magnet” Monro (UK) 17.1
8. Eero “Oulun oma poika” Ojala (FI) 16.9
8. Thom “w!ld th!ng” Wilding (UK) 16.9

10. Joel “Soul L” Holma (FI) 16.8
10. Jan “Geeky Gisbert” Fischer (DE) 16.8.
12. Jason “Lt. Facemelter” Farnan (US) 16.7.
12. Daniel “Moredrive” Oldemeier (DE) 16.7
14. Mitsuaki “Inogami Koushou” Inoue (JP) 16.5
15. Tom “Sgt. Wrecker” Hill (AU) 16.4
16. Robert “The Marquis” Messel (US) 16.3
17. Mathias “Numatic” Mertens (DE) 16.1
17. Justin “Iron Dragon” Fox (US) 16.1
19. Philipp “Initial D” Dobuzhinskiy (RU) 16.0
19. Kara “Kara Picante” Muir (US) 16.0
21. Del-Kun Dave “G. Tso Money” Chen (TW) 15.9
21. Guy “The Bandit” Thompson (UK) 15.9.
23. Troy “Random Air Guitar Man” Barrett (AU) 15.8
24. Charles “Facemolester” Muir (US) 15.6
25. Howard Lo (TW) 15.5
26. Valya “Electric Butterfly” Urm (RU) 15.3
27. Marie “Chuck Airy” Von Borstel (DE) 15.2
27. Merlin “Airlectic Shock” Schumacher (DE) 15.2
29. Fred “French Kiss” Reau (FR) 15.1
30. Sonya “Salmiakki Tears” Goria (RU) 15.0

The jury included previous world champions Justin ”Nordic Thunder” Howard and Sylvain ”Günther Love” Quimene, local Airhead Jarkko Halunen and two National Championships' organizers of the AGWC Network: Alexander Gott from Russia and Tim Evans from Canada.

High quality photos of the Qualification winners can be found on Media Gallery.

Air Guitar World Champion Will Be Crowned on Friday

The 20th Anniversary of the Air Guitar World Championships culminates in the World Final on Friday when the world’s best air guitarists battle over the victory at Rotuaari square. The Final is also streamed live online to the international audience starting at www.kaleva.fi/ilmakitara at 7.30 p.m.

In addition to the skilful finalists, the evening is spiced up by opening show by previous World Champions and half-time show by the phenomenal French air band Airnadette.

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