Project WACK-Chin (Project WACKちん) is an open audition for a new WACK unit. Applications opened on June 1st, 2020, and will end whenever Japan's coronavirus restrictions are lifted. The audition is open to anybody of any gender and any nationality, provided they are over the age of 13 and can get a work visa if they live outside of Japan.
To participate in the audition, applicants must create a new account on twitter, with the audition's logo as its avatar, and tweet using the hashtags #ProjectWACKちん and #WACKちん応募.
The name is a pun on both "vaccine" and a Japanese word for dick (chin), which Watanabe is fond of.
Translation* of Official Announcement Edit
*Machine translation, some errors may be present
-An idol audition that can only be passed after corona-
I'm Watanabe, WACK's representative.
We will be holding the largest open, worldwide, real-time audition in WACK history!!
The requirements are pretty low!
Men and women over the age of 13!! That's almost it, pretty much!!
In the midst of the coronavirus peril, social distancing and self-restraint from going out, we shouldn't gather, and we shouldn't be around people. You can't do live events...
This is a world where you can't even say what you want to.
It's very difficult to start activities at the moment...
There's nothing to do...
I want to be active, but I have to be able to survive if I don't have enough money to support myself. But... I can't wait for the corona to converge...
It's a gift for you.
The story of a new idol group that will gather and be formed in __ amount of days.
It's an idol audition that can only be passed after corona!
First, just create a twitter and post your sentences!
Oh, that's so easy!
Please feel free to apply!
On June 8th, Watanabe announced that the second phase of the audition process was to take place; each week, additional increasingly-strict rules named CHALLENchin (CHALLENちん) would be placed among those who applied for the audition. The word "CHALLENchin" is a pun on "Challenging".
First Round Edit
- CHALLENchin 1 (June 8th): Selfies are allowed, as long as a face mask is worn.
- CHALLENchin 2 (June 15th): Selfies without a mask are allowed.
- CHALLENchin 3 (June 22nd): Applicants must create a self-promotional video. From this point onwards, all twitter activity apart from the video is banned, including personal non-audition accounts. Accounts posting sexually explicit content will be disqualified on the spot.
Second Round Edit
Watanabe announced in a that, following the initial screening, all applicants who completed every CHALLENChin so far had passed the first round. As part of the second round, participants were required to fill in a submission form posted to WACK's website, as well as to continue with the CHALLENchin.
- CHALLENchin 5 (July 1st): Watanabe will post videos on twitter with questions for applicants. All applicants must respond with their own videos of themselves answering the aforementioned questions.