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'The Devil’s Niece' wins world air guitar championship

The Local · 28 Aug 2011, 10:32

Published: 28 Aug 2011 10:32 GMT+02:00

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For the uninitiated – air guitarists don’t actually have an instrument in their hands. The idea is to convince viewers that you are actually playing a guitar – even though there isn’t one present.

Aline Westphal from Hildesheim won the title late Friday night in front of thousands of excited fans at the competition in the north Finnish city of Oulu. Perhaps most appropriately she won over the jury with songs like "The Pretender" from Foo Fighters and the Rage Against the Machine's "Without a Face."

Westphal, the German air guitar champion, beat out 17 contenders including America's Justin "Nordic Thunder" Howard as well as Czech rival Veronica Mullerova, who took second and third respectively.

Defending champion Sylvain Quimene from France was sixth. This is the 16th time the competition has taken place.

For her air axe stylings, Westphal won a real handmade Finnish guitar.

“I’m constantly playing the air guitar because I always listen to music. My thumbs itch, so my fingers have to be constantly moving,” she said before the competition.

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Westphal is currently writing her thesis at university about air guitars – from an academic perspective, of course.

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Your comments about this article

11:15 August 28, 2011 by marimay
Wow, that's.. great?
19:24 August 28, 2011 by nemo999
Slow news Day?
10:30 August 29, 2011 by J-Dub
Someone please explain to me how talent is involved in this and how it is judged. Only in the modern world would we judge someone pretending to do something on a stage. And this 'competition' winner is studying this silly air guitar garbage at a University. OH_MY_GOD. Instead of studying to learn how to pretend to play an instrument, why not just LEARN TO PLAY A GUITAR instead. Worthless and dumb idea, only REAL guitar players matter, not fake ones. Slash from GnR is laughing at this.
11:20 August 29, 2011 by ironrat
she's just having a laughs and slash from g&r is a dick, bet jimmy page thinks its ok
22:26 August 31, 2011 by Dizz
she's writing a thesis on air guitar. this will eventually morph in to one of those funny german doctorates that are like sophomore term-papers no doubt. a true contribution to human knowledge.
16:53 September 1, 2011 by nemo999
Maybe she will join the FDP after she gets her doctorate, where she might be one of the few with a doctorate that is real, and not copied from someone else. Granted Air Guitar is a pressing concern for the government.
23:25 September 5, 2011 by fiftyville
I've read that modern entertainment began in the form of a performing monkey capering about on stage while tied to a chain.

This is its logical if not actual descendant..
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