The Air Guitar World Championship Goes to France!

Air Guitar Overlordship Back to Europe

Sylvain “Gunther Love” Quimene (FR) sparkled brighter than the setting sun, and won over both the audience and the judges with his sensuous performance at the Air Guitar World Championships on 21 August in Oulu. The contest was extremely tight but in the end the defending World Champion, Craig “Hot Lixx Hulahan” Billmeier, had to surrender his title to France. 


Gunther Love scored highest on the first round overhauling Hot Lixx Hulahan by a 0.4 point margin and with a gorgeous backflip. Gunther Love took the stage with his explosively erotic performance and tight timing. 


In addition to massive world-spanning fame, Gunther Love takes home a hand-made Finnish Flying Finn electric guitar. Gunther received also a Golla backpack, which were awarded also to Hot Lixx Hulahan and Andrew “William Ocean” Litz who shared the second place. 


The four contestants to clear the Qualifying Round on Thursday challenged in the Grand Final the national Champions from United States, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Great Britain, Brazil, New Zealand, France, Taiwan, Switzerland, Romania, Australia, Russia, Belgium and Canada and the defending World Champion, Craig “Hot Lixx Hulahan” Billmeier. After the Self Chosen Round, the ten highest scoring contestants played the wildly rocking Sweatmaster song “Animal” on the Compulsory Round.


The results of the final

1. Sylvain 'Gunther Love' Quimene (FR) 35.1
2. Craig 'Hot Lixx Hulahan' Billmeier (US) 34.8
2. Andrew 'William Ocean' Litz (US) 34.8
4. Christian 'Heart Buckboard' Sweep (DE) 34.3
5. Theun 'Tremolo Theun' De Jong (NL) 33.5
5. Louis 'Gat Rockin' Randy Reaper' Ewen (NZ) 33.5
7. Thom 'Wild Thing 37' Wilding (UK) 33.0
7. Fausto ' Mr. Heavyer Dannair' Carraro (BR) 33.0
9. Rob 'Skeletaire' Marx (RZA) 32.8
10. Kate 'Zero Prospects' Gray (US) 32.4

11. Mei 'May' Kudo (JP) 16.4

12. Stefan 'Buvnitz' Dragos Zaharescu (RO)16.3

13. Clay 'Bangers' Connolly (AU) 16.2

13. Dirk 'Lord Airness' Lüdi (CH) 16.2

15. Cole 'Johnny Utah' Manson (CA)16.1

15. Tormis Laanisto (EE)16.1

17. Fermont 'AirGus' Corentin (BE) 15.8

18. Alexander 'Devilseducer' Gott (RUS) 15.3

18. Scott 'Indie Mayhem' Weatherall (TW)15.3

20. Nick 'Snake Riffskin' Brown (UK) 15.2

20. Romain 'Château Brutal' Lesaffre (FR)15.2

The Jury was chaired for the 14th time by Juha Torvinen, a Finnish guitar legend. In addition to Torvinen, the Jury consisted of Santeri ”StSanders” Ojala, father of the shreds phenomenon of massive YouTube fame. The actor/director Ari Gold starred as the jury’s international member. National organizers were represented in the jury by Henri Riska from Estonia and Nat Hays from United States. 

After the contest Air Guitarists summoned the whole world to play the Air Guitar to the Neil Young classic Rocking in the Free World. According the to Air Guitar Ideology, all bad things disappear from the world and the climate change stops if everybody plays the Air Guitar. 

The Friday night Oulu Marketplace also saw performances by Finnish artists Anna Puu and Don Johnson Big Band. The night was once again hosted by the American Air Guitar Guru, Björn Türoque, who warmed the audience up for the action in hs familiarily airy manner. The event attracted around 5000 people into the warm August night.

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