The 2021 edition of the US Air Guitar Championships will air on national television this year. So you’ll want to tune in this Friday (August 6) at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT to catch the U.S. Air Guitar Championships as part of ESPN2’s coverage.
The Championships are actually billed as part of ESPN’s annual broadcast of âThe Ocho,â which features weird sports from around the world. “The Ocho” started out as a joke in the movie Dodgeball, which underscored the sports network’s thirst for providing non-stop sports programming via a bunch of spinoff channels, but the longtime network loved the joke and embraced the idea of ââspotlighting weird sports on the show. an annual programming block.
The 2021 edition of the US Air Guitar Championships led to Friday’s final, with the winner claiming possession of the US Air Guitar title belt and receiving a free trip to Finland where he will represent the US team at the World Championships. Air Guitar. .
For those who have yet to see the grace, beauty, frenzy and fury of air guitar competitors in action, here is some information on how they got here.
2021 contestants have been invited to submit videos on regional actions taking place across the country. The regionals were broadcast live on Twitch with judges rating artists on a scale of 4.0 to 6.0, with 6.0 being the highest rating awarded. There are two rounds for each competitor. The first is the freestyle round, with competitors choosing a song of their choice, while the second round, the mandatory round, finds the top competitors from the first round invited to perform a surprise song. The tally of the two rounds is then combined to provide their final score.
Judges score performers on three key criteria – technical merit (presenting something close to the song’s original fretwork), stage presence, and lightness (the extent to which the performance transcends imitation of a real guitar and becomes an art form in and of itself).
Each performance consists of one minute of a song and can start anywhere in the given track. The instrument must be invisible and must be a guitar and “aerial roadies” are allowed but must leave the stage before the performance and rescue groups (air or real) are not allowed.
If you want to get up to speed and find your favorites ahead of Friday’s broadcast, the US Air Guitar Championships has a TikTok account featuring some of the contenders so far this year. You can also find out more through the organization’s website.
So be sure to tune into ESPN2 at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT this Friday (August 6) for the 2021 US Air Guitar Championships. And check out more of ESPN’s “The Ocho” lineup here.