Ten Air Guitarists made their way to the World Final

With his powdered wig, petticoat, and grey tights, Rob "The Marquis" Messel looked like French royalty but played with American fury to take the top spot at the Dark Horses’ Qualifying Round for the Air Guitar World Championships on Thursday 25 August.

Four American air guitarists advanced to Friday's Word Final in a tight competition held at 45 Special in downtown Oulu, Finland. Performers from Germany, the U.K, France, New Zealand, Taiwan, and Canada also move on to perform tomorrow.

Altogether 24 Dark Horses took part in the qualification in Oulu, Northern Finland.

Dark Horses Qualifiying Round Results:

1. Rob ”The Marquis” Messel (USA) 17,9
2. Daniel ”Moredrive” Oldemeier (GER) 17,4
2. Nicole ”Mom Jeans Jeanie” Sevcik (USA) 17,4
2. Jeffrey ”The Airtiste” Stiles (USA) 17,4
5. Luke ”Van Dammage” Sevcik (USA) 17,1
6. Thom ” w!ldth!ng” Wilding (UK) 16,9
6. Vincent ”Lord Scrat” Roussel (FRA) 16,9
8. Giesela ”Gizzy Guitar” Visser (NZL) 16,7
9. Dave ”G. Tso Money” Chen (TW) 16,5
9. Carlos ”Hanzel the Manzel” Mengual (CAN) 16,5

11. Tommaso ”Tom The Sweaty Fury” Trevisan (IT) 16,4
12. Doug ”The Thunder” Stroock (USA) 16,3
13. Clay ”The Ranga Banga” Connolly (AUS) 16,2
14. Bob ”Mr.Bob” Wagner (CAN) 16,1
15. Valya ”Electric Butterfly” Urm (RUS) 15,9
15. Stefano ”Giovanni Smirnoff” Gennaro (ITA) 15,9
17. Hélène ”Hey!Len” Laurin (CAN) 15,7
18. Philipp ”InitialD” Dobuzhinskiy (RUS) 15,3
18. Mikko ”Big Mike” Nykänen (FI) 15,3
20. Martin ”Shorty El Tiburon” Ruethschilling (GER) 15,2
21. Matthew ”His Airness” Dailey (USA) 15,0
22. Michael ”Giant Junk” Vucovich (USA) 14,6
22.Chloe ”Mama NashTrash” Green (USA) 14,6
23. Martin ”SuperPoser Wannabe” El-Sherif (SWE) 14,4

The prestigious jury included producer Jarkko Halunen, producer Anu Lähteenmäki, journalist Soile Suvanto, Air Guitar organizer Takako Uchida, and former World Champion Aline Westphal.

High quality photos of the Qualification winners can be found on Media Gallery: http://www.airguitarworldchampionships.com/en/press/media-gallery/

Air Guitar World Final on Friday

The 21st Air Guitar World Championships come to a climax on Friday as world’s best air guitarists battle over the victory at Rotuaari square. The Final is streamed live online to the international audience from 7.30 p.m. at https://livestream.com/sahaprod/agwc2016.

Air Guitar World Championships is part of Oulu August Festival.