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Air Guitar Champ Crowned

Japan’s Ochi “Dainoji” Yosuke was named the winner of the Air Guitar World Championship 2006 in Oulu, Finland Sept. 8. Clad in a snug, tiger-adorned sweatshirt and aviators, Yosuke performed to Jet’s “Are You Gonna Be My Girl,” which he began by nonchalantly strutting on stage as the song’s intro boasted chunky bass riffs and building percussion. He didn’t stay cool for long, though, for when the song’s mad guitar wheeling kicked in, Yosuke picked and flipped his imaginary guitar like a pro. The champ’s technical merit scores rang in at 5.9 across the board, except from one stingy judge who rated him at 5.8. The U.S.’s Craig “Hot Lixx Hulahan” Billmeier (read more) came in sixth place.

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