Air Guitar World Championships 2013 was a tight twist to two Dark Horses. Thursday's victorious Eric "Mean Melin" Melin (US) also nailed both of his performances in the Friday's World Final - after being challenged by his countryman, Doug "The Thunder" Stroock. As a result, The Thunder's oozingly sexual air guitar moves couldn't compete with Mean Melin's straight-forward rock charisma: the Kansas-based Dave Grohl lookalike is inevidably going home with the World Title of Air Guitar.
The mesmerized Air Guitar audience both in Oulu and online got to witness an extremely close competition when the difference in points between the four best finalists was only 0,2. The third place in the competition went to Thom "W!ld Th!ing 37" Wilding (UK) when the defending Air Guitar World Champion 2012, Justin "Nordic Thunder" Howard (US) scored fourth.
The honorary jury included the Head of the Jury, guitarist Juha Torvinen, radio personality of the radio station YleX Matti Ylönen, former Air Guitar Producer Marika Lamberg and two national organizers, West Hays (US) and Aline Westphal (DE). The peace-loving World Final introduced also mass karaoke in the style of the 90's when the founder of Air Guitar World Championships, singer-songwriter Jukka Takalo excited the audience to sing for a better and more tolerant world. The Air Guitar Community got also some taste of true sugar, when the former Russian national champion Alex "Devilseducer" Gott proposed for his lovely girlfriend in favourable results. The World Final was hosted by Dan "Björn Türoque" Crane.
The Results of the Air Guitar Qualifying Round for Dark Horses
1. Eric "Mean Melin" Melin (US) 34,2 (17,7)
2. Doug "The Thunder" Stroock (US) 34,2 (16,8)
3. Thom "W!ld Th!ng 37" Wilding (UK) 34,1
4. Justin "Nordic Thunder" Howard (US) 34,0
5. Jason "Lt. Facemelter" Farnan (US) 33,5
6. Kereel "Your Daddy" Blumenkrants (RU) 33,3
6. Emmanuelle "Miss Issipy" Stempniakowski (BE) 33,3
6. Mitsuaki "Inogami Koushou" Inoue (JP) 33,3
9. Georgi "Photo" Nikolov (BG) 32,6
10. Corentin "Airgus" Fermont (BE) 31,6
11. Daniel "Moredrive" Oldemeier (DE) 16,4
12. Kasper "ThunderFlesh" Toernstroem (DK) 16,3
12. Altair "Rockin' Rabbit" Kassymov (KZ) 16,3
14. Benjamin "Benny Fairguson" Thiebaut (FR) 16,0
15. James "The Beast" Lowe (NL) 15,7
16. Vladlena "Ivana Rock" Kaminskaya (RU) 15,6
17. Christian "Heart Buckboard" Sweep (DE) 15,1
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The purpose of the Air Guitar World Championships is to promote world peace. According to the ideology of the Air Guitar, wars would end, climate change stop and all bad things disappear, if all the people in the world played the Air Guitar. This is why the whole universe is invited to play the Air Guitar for the world peace at the end of the competition.
For Peace, From Oulu.
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