Hilarious: New Air Guitar World Champion Crowned
There’s a new World Champion Air Guitarist and his name is Kereel “Your Daddy” Blumenkrants. Blumenkrants is the first Russian ever to win the competition, which takes place yearly in Oulu, Finland, with local and regional competitions throughout the year in locations worldwide. Two U.S. entrants took the next two spots with Matt “Airistotle” Burns in 2nd and Michael “Operation Rock a Pussy” Lovely in 3rd. 2014 champion, Nanami "Seven Seas" Nagura, took 4th.
Blumenkrants beat out dozens of champions from around the world in the finals, August 28, to claim the crown. You can see the hilarious video of his performance below.
In the meantime, Guitar.com is re-printing the play by play of the finals direct from those who run the event, which just marked its 20th anniversary and which celebrates world peace.
Read the news from the Air Guitar World Championship organizers:
Kereel ”Your Daddy” Blumenkrants was crowned the first-ever Russian Air Guitar World Champion tonight in Oulu, Finland at the 20th Anniversary of the event, which promotes world peace. The competition was extremely tight and it came down to a thrilling 3rd-round Air Off between Your Daddy and Matt ”Airistotle” Burns from the United States. The two also happen to be friends from opposite ends of the world who met each other through the annual worldwide competition, illustrating the message of brotherhood that the Air Guitar World Championships has spread for 20 years.
The rainy weather didn´t dampen the spirits of thousands of air guitar fans who crowded the town square of Oulu to celebrate this unusual, long-running event and watch the best air guitarists from around the globe battle it out for air supremacy. It was a dramatic conclusion to a historic night of good vibrations and creativity that also included a performance by French musical-comedy troupe Airnadette and modern circus group Race Horse Company from Finland.
The rain was also a challenge for the performers, who nonetheless navigated a slick stage, using acrobatic jumps and energetic interpretations to bring their acts to new levels of airness. Author/comedian Dan ”Bjorn Turoque” Crane, a beloved member of the international air guitar community, served as Master of Airemonies for the eighth time and once again kept the crowd entertained. Seven former world champions also returned to Oulu to perform and celebrate 20 years of absurdity.
The second-round song , which ended in a tie for first place between Your Daddy and Airstotle, was ”Phantom Man” by the Finnish band Atom Notes.
Here are the final results for the 20th Anniversary Air Guitar World Championships:
1. Kereel “Your Daddy” Blumenkrants 34,8 (RU) (17,8)
2. Matt “Airistotle” Burns 34,8 (US) (17,5)
3. Michael “Operation Rock a Pussy” Lovely (US) 34,1
4. Nanami “Seven Seas” Nagura 34,0 (JP)
5. Tom “The Sweaty Fury” Trevisan (IT) 33,6
6. Junichi “Jun Jun” Kamada 33,5 (JP)
7. Sabrina “Lady Liberty” Schramm (DE) 33,4
8. Jeffrey “The Airtiste” Stiles (US) 33,2
9. Beth “CindAirella” Melin (US) 33,0
10. Eero “Oulu’s Own Son” Ojala (FI) 32,8
11. Thom “w!ld th!ng” Wilding (UK) 32,7
12. Emmanuelle “Miss Issippy” Stempniakowski (BE) 16,4
13. Jason “Thrust” McNeely (CA) 16,2
14. Zac “The Magnet” Monro (UK) 16,1
14. Patrick “Ehrwolf” Culek (DE) 16,1
16. Ilmars “Hell Machine” Auzins (LV) 15,7
16. Sita “Guilty Director” van Sante (NL) 15,7
Watch Kereel’s Performance at the 2015 Air Guitar World Championships:
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