The 2018 world champion air guitarist is a woman from Japan

You know it’s approaching Labour Day when air guitarists from all over the world assemble in Oulu, Finland, for the world championships.

Fifteen finalists unpacked their imaginary instruments and did their impress the judges and the crowd with their, uh, fakeness.

At the end of it all, the winner was Nanami Naguara of Japan. Her act–she performed dressed as a cleaning lady under the name Seven Seas–was enough to take the 23rd annual prize.

Here are the final standings.

1. Nanami  Nagura           ”Seven Seas”               JPN               [35,8]

2. Matt Burns                    ”The Airistotle”          USA                [35,1]

3. Dana Schiemann      ”Dana-Saurus Rex”        CAN               [34,2]

4. Andrew Finn                 ”Flyin Finn”                USA                [33,7]

5. Kate Rose                   “KitKat”                       USA                [33,4]

5. Sven Smith                 ”Sven Spandex”           UK                  [33,4]

7. Jason Farnan             ”Lt Facemelter”            USA                [32,6]

7. Alex Roberts              ”Jinja Assassin”           AUS                [32,6]


9. Vincent Roussel                  ”Lord Scrat”                 FRA

10. Patrick Culek                     ”Ehrwolf”                     GER

11. Rachel Sinclair                  ”Agnes Young”            USA

12. Toshio Kado                      ”Shariten Kd”               JPN

13. Brittany Diaz                     ”Georgia Lunch”          USA

13. Daniel Oldemeier             ”Moredrive”                 GER

15. Lyrae (Lily) Freriechs         ”Lily Rocknroll”            AUS

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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