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Triple J Considers Disqualifying Taylor Swift From The Hottest 100

#Tay4Hottest100 may have succeeded... but Triple J stay silent on disqualification rumors.

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Michael George, 34, armed with a computer science degree, told BuzzFeed News he manually entered 20,000 individual votes into a spreadsheet and ran the countdown in what he called the "Social Hottest 100".

George said he scooped up the votes from people posting their votes on Facebook and Instagram, finding them using the hashtag "#hottest100".

It was a process he had used in previous years in an effort to game the betting markets offering odds on the year-end poll.

On Tuesday morning he posted the results with "Shake It Off" coming in number 75.

78 -- Avener, The -- Fade Out Lines 77 -- Jack White -- Lazaretto 76 -- Royal Blood -- Little Monster 75 -- Taylor Swift -- Shake It Off

Social Hottest 100@socialhottestFollow

78 -- Avener, The -- Fade Out Lines

77 -- Jack White -- Lazaretto

76 -- Royal Blood -- Little Monster

75 -- Taylor Swift -- Shake It Off

10:40 AM - 20 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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He told BuzzFeed News, 1.5 million votes were cast last year and his sample size would mean the countdown will be quite similar on Australia Day.

SPOILER: The Social Hottest 100 counted down all the expected positions. Including the top four:

4 -- Milky Chance -- Stolen Dance 3 -- Chet Faker -- 1998 2 -- Chet Faker -- Talk Is Cheap 1 -- Peking Duk -- High (Ft. Nicole Millar)

Social Hottest 100@socialhottestFollow

4 -- Milky Chance -- Stolen Dance

3 -- Chet Faker -- 1998

2 -- Chet Faker -- Talk Is Cheap

1 -- Peking Duk -- High (Ft. Nicole Millar)

11:28 AM - 20 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

The poll was posted against the backdrop of fresh rumours Triple J has disqualified Taylor Swift from the countdown due to a KFC Facebook post about the hash-tag. A spokeswoman for Triple J told BuzzFeed News, "we have no comment at this time."

Facebook: KFCAustralia

Disqualification would be surprising because the KFC post does not include telling people to vote for Taylor Swift in the Hottest 100 in return for money.

Australian artists also took time to weigh-in with Sydney duo Flight Facilities posting a long response last night.

@Caitlin_Welsh @pappy90 @MarkDiStef @ThePreatures Wasn't going to weigh in on the whole thing but here goes...

Flight Facilities@flightfacFollow

@Caitlin_Welsh @pappy90 @MarkDiStef @ThePreatures Wasn't going to weigh in on the whole thing but here goes...

10:52 PM - 19 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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The Preatures' lead singer Isabelle Manfredi responded to questions about whether Swift should be included in the countdown.

Shake it off is one of my favourite songs of the year.

The Preatures@ThePreaturesFollow

Shake it off is one of my favourite songs of the year.

4:36 AM - 19 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

What I said was I don't think a song should be counted in the hottest 100 if it hasn't been played on triple J

The Preatures@ThePreaturesFollow

What I said was I don't think a song should be counted in the hottest 100 if it hasn't been played on triple J

8:37 PM - 19 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Then it isn't really the 'triplej ' hottest 100 anymore

The Preatures@ThePreaturesFollow

Then it isn't really the 'triplej ' hottest 100 anymore

8:38 PM - 19 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

And former Triple J host Tim Ross told Manfredi, he would have spun "Shake It Off" if he was still in charge of the decks.

@ThePreatures @MarkDiStef We used to play all the new Madonna and U2 songs on the J's. I would play Shake It Off.

Tim Ross (Rosso)@RossoworldFollow

@ThePreatures @MarkDiStef We used to play all the new Madonna and U2 songs on the J's. I would play Shake It Off.

1:09 PM - 20 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Then, like much of the tenor of the entire debate surrounding #Tay4Hottest100, NT News stepped into the void to stir up those who are against her inclusion.

WE'RE SURPRISED @TRIPLEJ LISTENERS AREN'T MORE SUPPORTIVE OF TAY-TAY. BASIC AND BEIGE ARE THEIR DEMOGRAPHIC #TAY4HOTTEST100. JK WE LOVE HER

The NT News@TheNTNewsFollow

WE'RE SURPRISED @TRIPLEJ LISTENERS AREN'T MORE SUPPORTIVE OF TAY-TAY. BASIC AND BEIGE ARE THEIR DEMOGRAPHIC #TAY4HOTTEST100. JK WE LOVE HER

1:14 PM - 20 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Final word can be given to Hottest 100 favourites Peking Duk who told Pedestrian it would be disappointing if trolls voted for Taylor Swift to mess with the countdown. But then Reuben Styles admitted that he's obsessed with Swift's hit "Out Of The Woods".

Hey allJust a reminder, we're not commenting on the Taylor Swift campaign. That means you're not commenting if you get hit up directly. To media, friends, family…Let us know if media are hassling you though. We'll get to them eventually…Don't worry… it will all become clear when we get to the countdown next Monday. (That was not a comment).CheersChris