The chief editor of the cultural section in the Kaleva newspaper, Kaisu Mikkola, juried the 5th Air Guitar World Championships with Juha Torvinen. Eleven brave contestants took part in the first competition of the new millennium, seven of them from Finland. The other competitors hailed from Australia, Great Britain, Ireland, and India. Oulu's own boy Markus "Black Raven" Vainionpää snatched the win from the international group as the last Finnish Air Guitarist to date. On the compulsory round the song played was Motörhead's trembling Ace of Spades, which separated the wolves - or ravens - from the sheep.


1. Markus Vainionpää (FIN)
2. Sari Rivinen (FIN)
3. Anthony Lee (AUS)

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