The 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, Top Nine Contestants

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 Dark Horses will compete against the National Air Guitar Champions from all over the world. The Final is also streamed live online to the international audience starting at at 7.30 p.m.

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

Photo by Juuso Haarala

Fri 28 Aug 2015


Steven Ballew on Fri 28.08.2015 06:32 (#1)
Is the final at 7:30pm Oulu time? What time is it on the East Coast?
AGWC / Hanna on Fri 28.08.2015 12:53 (#2)
Yes, this is the Eastern European Time (EET) = the local time in Oulu. Maybe this converter could help you out with checking out your local time,
JM on Fri 28.08.2015 13:33 (#3)
So how many competitors will face off tonight? 13 national champs plus 9 dark horses plus 7 seas? or are there more? is there a complete list somehwere? I love the names of the competitors.
AGWC / Hanna on Fri 28.08.2015 14:11 (#4)
We'll have the nine dark horses who went through from yesterday's qualifiers, seven national champions and the reigning world champion Nanami "Seven Seas" Nagura. So that'll make... 17 finalists!

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