The ABC has admitted that changes will most likely be made to the Triple J Hottest 100 social media voting system next year after the fairly accurate predictions of The Warmest 100. As reported by The Australian, the ABC said some alterations may be needed to avoid future spoiler analysis.
The Warmest 100, a calculated prediction of The Hottest 100 compiled by Brisbane-based online marketer Nick Drewe and friend Tom Knox, correctly identified 92 of the 100 songs that were voted into the nationwide music poll.
Furthermore, Drewe and Knox predicted all of the top 10 placements, with 50% of the top 10 in the correct position, including the top 3 in exact order.
Despite The Hottest 100’s social media voting system accounting for 51% of the total votes and helping generate the most votes in the poll’s history, the ABC says some measures will be taken in order to maintain the surprise element of The Hottest 100.
“With 51% of voters posting their results on social media platforms, it resulted in a huge number of people talking about the Hottest 100 online,” an ABC spokesperson explained. “That interaction drove the greatest number of votes yet.”
“While it does open up the poll to speculation and analysis, there are always going to be surprises and a lot of fun on the day.”
“We may make a few changes to the system to avoid spoiler attempts in the future, though.”
The Warmest 100 was reported as the cause for multiple bookmakers closing betting early on The Hottest 100. However, Sportsbet offered odds on whether of not triple j would scrap their social media voting system. Although the system won’t be dropped, it seems The Warmest 100 has changed the way the online poll will operate in the future.