Somebody get this man a Les Paul quick! Yosuke Ochi, half of the Japanese comedy team Dainoji, retained his title as World Champion of Air Guitar at a competition held Sept. 5 through 8 at the Club Teatria in Oulu, Finland.
“I did it. I won a second straight victory,”' the 35-year- old Ochi wrote in his blog after judges gave him the highest score among 20 finalists for the 2007 Air Guitar World Championships.
Ochi came into the contest a heavy favorite, but he faced stiff competition from such noted air guitarists as France’s Guillaume "Moche Pitt" de Tonquedec, Austria's Max "Herr Jaquelin" Heller, and America’s Andrew "William Ocean" Litz. Litz became the 2007 U.S. Air Guitar Champion with an act that ends in a spectacular backflip on to an empty beer can.

Despite their losses, most of the contestants were thrilled to just take part in the event. "We've seen all the nations, united nations, rocking in the free world, and that's great," de Tonquedec said as he signed autographs for a horde of make-believe fans.
To view a video of Ochi Yosuke’s mesmerizing, award-winning performance, click here.
—Joe Bosso