Fare deal? London public transport up to 15 times more expensive than other European capitals

  • A single ticket in London is almost three times more than the average ticket price across Europe
  • Berlin offers the fairest fare offering the closest to average price
  • Moscow and Prague are over 7 times cheaper than London
  • Travelling one way in London and Dublin is considerably more expensive than any other European capital
  • Stockholm hikes the prices up for weekend tourists, whilst Barcelona and Brussels stick it to weekly ticket holders

London, June 20, 2017. London public transport pricing is off the rails as it boasts the most expensive inner city travel across Europe, new research reveals.

A single ticket in London is more than 15 times more expensive than the 39p single ticket in Bucharest, Romania. Instead of travelling just one way on restricted zones in London, you can travel for a week and a half around Bucharest.

The research, conducted by money saving website Voucherbox, examines the cost of public transport within 20 European capital cities. While the average price of a single ticket across Europe is £2.11, London travellers can expect to be met with a fare of £5.90 – that’s almost three times more.

Infographic showing London public transport up to 15 times more expensive than other European capitals

Visitors to Berlin can be happy that the German capital offers the most fairly priced public transport, coming out closest to the combined average of single, day and weekly tickets (£36.64).

Whilst Bucharest is renowned as a cheap holiday destination, the surprising findings come from Moscow which offers the second cheapest city centre travel along with Prague, both over 7 times cheaper than London.

Dublin is not too far behind London in the pricey stakes. A single ticket in Dublin is 34% more expensive than a single in notoriously pricey Stockholm, setting you back £5.24 in comparison to £3.92.

This isn’t to suggest that the Swedish capital is cheap by any means. Public transport prices are making the most of the weekend tourist trade by charging high single and day tickets, in comparison to weekly ticket prices over a third cheaper (39%) than a London weekly.

This is the opposite to Barcelona and Brussels who are in the top three of most expensive weekly tickets, both over £40, while the price of single and day tickets are middle-of-the-road.

Sezer Yurdakul, Global Head of Online Marketing at Voucherbox stated; “London is pricey for both residents and visitors alike, unfortunately this isn’t surprising. What is shocking is the disparity of pricing between London and other European capitals – some equally renowned for being just as, if not more, costly.

It’s worth checking the prices out before booking, especially if holidaying on a budget. The research shows that southeastern Europe will give you more fare for your buck. Also consider the costs in comparison to other modes of transport, such as car hire. This 10% off car hire at Holiday Autos will also help you save a pretty penny.”

*Prices and conversions correct as of May/June 2017.

£12: The price of an average Premier League goal

  • Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium is home to the most expensive goals, at £28 per finish
  • It costs just £6.86 to see the net bulge at Hull’s KCOM Stadium

The average supporter in the Premier League paid £12.06 to witness a goal live during the 2016/17 season, according to new research analysing the value for money of football entertainment across England’s top division.

The research from money-saving website Voucherbox.co.uk analysed the average price of a season ticket at all top-flight English grounds and compared this with the total number of goals scored in each stadium.

The findings revealed that fans at the Emirates Stadium forked out a whopping £27.52 per goal scored – the highest amount in the league, despite witnessing 55 goals at Arsenal’s home ground during this campaign.

The theme of expensive goals continues across north London, where a combination of expensive season tickets (£1,300) and a resilient Spurs defence meant that each goal witnessed in the final season at White Hart Lane cost fans £23.75.

Across the Premier League, the most expensive stadiums for goals were:

  1. Emirates Stadium (Arsenal) – £27.52 per goal, 55 goals
  2. White Hart Lane (Tottenham) – £23.75 per goal, 56 goals
  3. Old Trafford (Man United) – £19.50 per goal, 38 goals
  4. St Mary’s Stadium (Southampton) – £18.34 per goal, 38 goals
  5. London Stadium (West Ham) – £13.89 per goal, 50 goals

At the other end of the scale, relegated Hull and Sunderland will take little comfort from the knowledge that their sides were in the top three for value for money in the Premier League. The Tigers claimed top spot as their £432 season ticket and 63 goals netted in the KCOM Stadium meant that it cost just £6.86 per goal.

Unfortunately for both teams, the majority of goals scored in their home stadium were at the wrong end (56% and 68% respectively).

The best value for money can be found at the following grounds:

  1. KCOM Stadium (Hull) – £6.86 per goal, 63 goals
  2. Liberty Stadium (Swansea) – £7.44 per goal, 61 goals
  3. Stadium of Light (Sunderland) – £8.55 per goal, 50 goals
  4. The Hawthorns (West Brom) – £9.27 per goal, 49 goals
  5. Bet365 Stadium (Stoke) – £9.41 per goal, 48 goals

By comparison, the average amount for the league as a whole is more expensive than the Bundesliga’s poorest value for money stadium (£12.05 at Darmstadt’s Jonathan Heimes Stadion) and the average cost of a goal in Germany’s top division is just £9.17.

However, if it is just goals – not value for money – that fans are after, the best Premier League stadiums to visit are:

  1. Stamford Bridge (Chelsea) – 72 goals
  2. Vitality Stadium (Bournemouth) – 64 goals
  3. Anfield (Liverpool) – 63 goals
  4. KCOM Stadium (Hull) – 63 goals
  5. Liberty Stadium (Swansea) – 61 goals

Fans in other parts of the country were not as lucky – the lowest scoring stadiums this season were:

  1. Old Trafford (Man United) – 38 goals
  2. St Mary’s Stadium (Southampton) – 38 goals
  3. The Riverside Stadium (Middlesbrough) – 40 goals
  4. Turf Moor (Burnley) – 46 goals
  5. Bet365 Stadium (Stoke) – 48 goals

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Marco Piu, Voucherbox General Manager said, “While fans at the KCOM Stadium and the Stadium of Light technically got the best value for money, we’re not sure their fans would agree, given that both sides went down this season. It’s even worse for Boro fans though – they had to pay over £13 per goal and still saw their side get relegated!

“If you’re after more goals for your buck, we recommend a trip to Germany, in particular to see Bayer Leverkusen, Wolfsburg or Ingolstadt.”

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Baby products up to 80% cheaper than regular products

  • 80% of comparable products are cheaper on the baby aisle
  • Regular own-brand cotton wool and cotton buds are almost double the price
  • Purchasing baby products could save over £8 a shop

It seems the cotton wool is being pulled over consumers’ eyes as new research reveals baby products are between 18%-80% cheaper than similar regular own-branded products.

The research, conducted by money saving website Voucherbox.co.uk, reviewed own-brand baby products alongside own-brand regular products*. 80% of the products examined are far cheaper when purchased from the baby aisle. This includes products which are seemingly identical, such as cotton buds and cotton wool balls, both almost double the price when purchased as regular products.

Product Regular particulars Regular cost Baby particulars Baby – actual cost Baby – proportionate cost
Skin oil 100ml £2.54 300ml £1.50 £0.50
Soap Dove, 2 x 100g £1.93 Pack, 4 x 100g £1.00 £0.50
Talcum powder 100g £1.39 200g £0.99 £0.50
Wet Wipes Pack, 25 £1.00 Pack, 64 £1.10 £0.43
Disposable bags Box, 100 £0.99 Pack, 100 £0.50 £0.50
Cotton wool balls Bag, 100 £1.55 Bag, 200 £1.65 £0.83
Cotton buds Box, 200 £1.05 Box, 200 £0.59 £0.59
Sponge x1 £0.87 Pack, x2 £0.99 £0.50
Shampoo 500ml £0.75 500ml £1.29 £1.29
Bubble bath 500ml £0.75 500ml £1.29 £1.29
Toothpaste 100ml £1.30 Kids 0-2, 50ml £1.00 £2.00
Wash cloth x1 £1.99 Pack, x2 £2.59 £1.30
Sun lotion SPF50+, 200ml £6.00 SPF50+, 200ml £4.00 £4.00
Body lotion 400ml £1.49 500ml £1.29 £1.03
Cotton wool pads Bag, 100 £1.69 Bag, 100 £1.39 £1.39

A switch to baby products could offer potential savings of £8.64 a shop. Skin oil offers the biggest cost saving, where baby oil can be purchased for 80% less than the cheapest own branded oil for adults. Soap is 74% cheaper, whilst talcum powder is 64% less expensive.

Wet wipes and disposable bags are amongst the items of significant price difference as consumers can find the baby alternatives at half the price.

The three products where the regular products come out cheaper than their baby counterparts include shampoo and bubble bath, which are both 42% cheaper, and toothpaste which is 35% cheaper.

Marco Piu, Voucherbox General Manager said: “It seems unreasonable that there is such a big variation in prices between baby and regular products, especially for those products which appear to be identical. It’s proof that it’s worth checking other aisles for better deals before making your purchase. Online shopping is perfect for this as you can see all the relevant products and prices right in front of you. Plus you get the added bonus of utilising great discount codes at the same time.”

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*Boots own brand products used where possible, unless otherwise stated. Prices correct as of 24th May 2017, boots.com

A family trip to a museum costs almost as much as a weekly food shop

• Parents hit in the pocket as 41% of museums now charge entrance fees
• Family of four trips to cinema, play centres and zoos can all be cheaper
• Manchester and Glasgow have largest number of free-to-enter family venues

A family of four will cough up almost as much as the cost of a weekly food shop1 to visit some of the country’s leading museums, according to new research.

Ahead of International Museum Day – which takes place on 18th May – a study from Voucherbox revealed parents with two children will pay more to take them on an educational day out than a visit to a cinema, a play centre or even a local zoo.

The data – which researched over 60 different venues across the UK – discovered 41% of the most popular family museums in the UK2 now charge an entrance fee. Last year, government cutbacks forced many museums to introduce or raise entry charges in a bid to remain open3.

Before even shelling out for travel, food and drinks, an average family of four will likely spend the same as the £56.80 cost of an average weekly grocery shop.

In the New Forest, the National Motor Museum charge a whopping £64 for a family ticket. And the news isn’t much better in London, as parents with two kids wanting to learn about the wonders of World War II and the life of Winston Churchill will shell out £44.05 for a family ticket.

However, there are still some museums which offer free entry and a great experience for families. The British Museum provides two million years of human history and the Museum of London documents the capital’s rich and varied past.

Elsewhere in the UK, Manchester and Glasgow also offer fantastic free-to-enter options, with attractions including the Museum of Science and Industry, Greater Manchester Police Museum and the National Football Museum.

Marco Piu, Voucherbox General Manager said: “Museums provide a great form of reference, a wealth of education and a great deal of fun so it is shocking to see that families are getting ripped off when it comes to days out.

“We would recommend you plan your trip ahead and take advantage of your day and be sure to check out deals online, as purchasing tickets before you arrive often means you can take advantage of cost savings.”

For those looking to enjoy International Museum Day for themselves then here are our top five FREE museums to enjoy on 18th May:

1. British Museum, London
2. Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester
3. Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, Glasgow
4. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham
5. Egypt Centre, Swansea

For those looking for something different, these are the top five weird and wonderful museums to enjoy:

1. Dog Collar Museum, Leeds, £21.90 per adult, £16.90 per child
2. British Lawnmower Museum, Cornwall £3 per adult, £1 per child
3. Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, Cornwall £5 per adult, £4 per child
4. Marks & Spencer: Marks in Time, Leeds, free entry
5. National Motor Museum, New Forest, £24.75 per adult, £12.50 per child

1 National Office of Statistics states that in 2016 the average family food shop costs £56.80
https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/personalandhouseholdfinances/expenditure/bulletins/familyspendingintheuk/financialyearendingmarch2016
2 Top five museums according to TripAdvisor in the following cities (and county): Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow, London, Birmingham, Belfast, Newcastle, Bristol, Swansea, Plymouth (and Cornwall).
3 http://ind.pn/1PrGinv

D.I…WHY? Brits hammer home the true cost of DIY

  • Half of Brits believe they are good at DIY despite 33% having suffered a costly disaster
  • 46% of projects run in extra time
  • Accident prone cities include: Bristol (43%), Manchester (42%) and Leeds (41%)

Half of Brits (48%) have confessed to believing that they are good or very good at do-it-yourself. This comes despite a third (33%) admitted they have suffered a DIY disaster – almost one fifth of which (17%) cost up to £500 to put right – with Bristol (43%), Manchester (42%) and Leeds (41%) being the most disaster prone.

A quarter of fearful Brits revealed that they wouldn’t even dream of taking on a large DIY project (27%) themselves. However, of those who say they are terrible at DIY, 39% are still giving it a go. In fact the majority of the disastrous DIYers planning a renovation project are tackling a new kitchen (67%) and expecting it to cost up to £1,000.

Time is money

Overall, 40% of DIY projects were underestimated in terms of cost, and 46% were underestimated in terms of time. Despite this, three quarters of people (76%) believe they saved money doing it themselves. Meanwhile eight out of ten Brits would happily take on another significant DIY project, while 19% are putting their spanner to bed.

The survey, from money saving website Voucherbox.co.uk has found that those with experience of kitchen renovations give a different tale from unwitting DIYers about to tackle the project. Over a third (35%) report it costing over £4,000, more than 1 in 10 (13%) cost over £10,000 and 6% over £20,000.

Those tackling an extension may also be in for an unpleasant surprise as the average cost is £4,500 more than the £500 those planning it are expecting it to be. A conservatory however may present a welcome treat as it is coming in at £1,000 less than the anticipated £3,500.

Building on a budget

35% of Brits prioritise redecorating and set aside an average £500 for the task, 15% are getting their green fingers at the ready to tackle gardening, with a budget of up to £1,000, whilst 10% are cooking up a new kitchen with £1,500 to spend.

Of those who had recently redecorated, almost three in ten (28%) stated it cost more than they anticipated, almost the same amount who believe they may have lost money by not hiring a tradesperson (29%). Whilst the majority (48%) took an average of 2 weeks to complete the re-decorating, 36% report that it took longer than first expected.

Marco Piu, Voucherbox General Manager stated, “Spring is a popular time to dust off those tools and start putting planned DIY projects into action. The survey revealed redecorating is on the agenda for the majority of Brits, which makes it the perfect time to hunt for online deals.

The survey also revealed several unfortunate incidents which are often the result of inexperience. DIY merchant blogs and social channels provide a great source of expert tips and best practice that will hopefully keep you from making a costly mistake.”

After the tough job comes the fun part… making your new space look fabulous, and an exclusive 15% off plus free delivery at The White Company will help you do just that.

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Proof David Haye is a better champion than Tony Bellew

New research reveals Hayemaker trumps rival in championship stakes

The gloves are off ahead of David Haye’s showdown with Tony Bellew – and the Londoner has struck an early blow against his rival.

Former WBC and WBA cruiserweight titleholder Haye has been proven – statistically, at least – to be a better champion than Bellew, who holds the WBC World Cruiserweight crown.

New research from Voucherbox.co.uk reveals the average boxer endures 111 rounds across 21 fights before claiming their first championship – suffering just one defeat along the way.

During that time, a typical fighter will knock out 62% of their opponents, but Haye’s stats prove he is far from average thanks to his stunning 90% KO rate inside just 71 rounds.

In contrast, Bellew’s record on the way to securing his first strap scores him way below average, with the Liverpudlian needing nine more fights and 86 more rounds before claiming gold.

Bellew has also been caught off guard for the average win rate (90%) and knockout rate (57%), which will no doubt boost Haye’s growing confidence ahead of their heavyweight clash at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday 4th March.

The research from money saving website Voucherbox.co.uk looked into all weight divisions across each of boxing’s governing bodies and analysed the records of the 74 men who currently hold a belt, detailing their stats up to the point they first became a champion.

DeGale is the Mr Average of boxing champions

Current IBF World Super Middleweight champ James DeGale most closely matches the average journey a fighter takes to claim a title, with the Olympic hero requiring 22 bouts to reach the summit, losing once and knocking out 64% of his opponents.

Quickest to the top

The fastest journey to a title was completed in only three fights by Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko. The WBO World Featherweight champion needed just 28 rounds to get his hands on a belt – the fewest of any current champion.

Forthcoming fights

Another upcoming heavyweight clash featuring a British athlete is Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko. Joshua has knocked out every single one of his opponents – a feat unmatched by any other world champion. In addition, the 34 rounds he took to win a belt is bettered only by two current champions (Lomachenko and Gilberto Ramirez). Klitschko’s journey took 36 fights and 124 rounds and he achieved 12% less KOs than Joshua.

Best of British

Other notable British ex-champions in history include Lennox Lewis, who took 92 rounds and won all of his 23 fights, Frank Bruno, who only became world champion on his 44th fight and Chris Eubank Snr, who knocked out just 60% of opponents during 25 bouts. Amir Khan is about as average as DeGale, losing just one of his 22 fights, winning by knockout in 14 on his way to a first world title.

The Greatest

Meanwhile Muhammed Ali – regarded as the greatest boxer of all time – took a surprisingly average path to his first title, facing 107 rounds across 20 fights. However, this was during an era with fewer governing bodies and so the battle for belts was more competitive.

Mike Tyson ensured his fights were over in no time, averaging just 2.7 rounds in each of his 28 bouts. As with Ali and Tyson, Floyd Mayweather Jr had a 100% record leading to a world title – with ‘Money’ taking just 18 fights to get to the number one spot.

Marco Piu, Voucherbox General Manager said, “It is really interesting to see exactly what these athletes have to go through in order to reach the pinnacle of their sport. Comparing the current stars to the average journey, we can see the gulf between Haye and Bellew, suggesting it might not be much of a contest.

“The research also shows how fast and impressive Anthony Joshua’s rise to the top is, with him knocking out every opponent – something no other current champion can claim.”

Very superstitious: Half of Brits have a lucky number while 1 in 5 believe breaking a mirror brings bad luck

  • 49% of Britons have a lucky number while 28% have an unlucky number
  • One in five people believe breaking a mirror is the unluckiest superstition while touching wood is considered to bring luck
  • 52% of people think their superstitions stem from their parents

New research has found that us Brits are very superstitious, with almost one in five (18%) believing that breaking a mirror brings bad luck and one in six (16%) thinking twice about walking under a ladder.

When it comes to good luck charms, money-saving website Voucherbox has found that touching wood is a good omen with over a fifth of Brits (21%) carrying out this practice – almost double than those who think crossing your fingers brings luck (13%).

Whilst almost half of the population (49%) have a lucky number, only 28% have an unlucky number. The number 13 is deemed unlucky for the majority (38%), although almost one in 10 (9%) believe it brings good luck. The most popular lucky number is seven for 22% of Brits.

Less than 14% don’t have a good or bad luck ritual at all. Yet despite these findings, two thirds of Brits (66%) don’t consider themselves to be superstitious. In fact, the only part of the UK where the majority of people (57%) believe they are superstitious is Devon.

In the spirit of Valentine’s day almost one in 10 Brits (9%) deemed meeting the love of the lives as the reason for believing in the good fortune of their superstitions. More than one in 5 (21%) came into money as a result, while only 5% believe superstitions were responsible for losing money. 20% said they had an accident because of superstitions.

Other superstitions include opening an umbrella indoors (13%), a four leaf-clover (12%), blowing out birthday candles (7%) and a black cat (7%).

Interestingly 8% of the population think multiple magpies bring good luck, whilst only 6% think a lone magpie brings bad luck.

Marco Piu, Voucherbox General Manager says, “Superstitions are so ingrained in British culture that even those who don’t consider themselves to be superstitious will be at least aware of the required ritual in a given situation. The survey revealed that over half of superstitions (52%) come from our parents, and the tales and legends are likely to continue to be passed down.

There’s an array of voucher codes to help put you and your family at ease, and bring you money savings at the same (no luck required). Right now there’s great discounts at Robert Dyas – the pioneers of ladders, mirrors, even cat repellent.”

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39% of Brits book holidays at work costing businesses almost £250 million in January

  • 5th January is the popular date to book a holiday
  • Half of UK choose to holiday on the continent
  • A quarter choose to escape within the UK

39% of people in the UK research and book holidays while at work spending an average of three and half hours doing so, costing British businesses almost £250 million1 in January alone. When it comes to planning an escape from the rat race, the 5th of the month is the most popular date for holiday bookings.

The findings from money saving website Voucherbox.co.uk also reveal that glum faces aren’t the only thing UK businesses must suffer this January, as 39% admitted to using work time to carry out their holiday research another fifth (18%) are considering the idea.

Not letting work deter them from shaking those gloomy blues, one in six employees will go so far as to book their holiday whilst at work – one in three doing so before 11am.

With nearly three quarters of the population sticking to Europe for some fun in the sun (21%). It will come as no surprise to learn almost a third of Brits are searching for some vitamin D on a beach holiday, the most popular destination being Spain. Other hit list destinations include France (10%), Greece (6%) and Portugal (5%).

Shane Forster, UK Country Manager at Voucherbox, stated: “January can hit us all quite hard, and seemingly in the pocket for employers. The research may come as a surprise to some, especially considering the majority of holidays bookings are done and dusted. On the plus side, that should have bought a few more smiles.”

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Notes to editors
1Based on ONS data on the number of working Brits (31,760,000), the average salary (£28,000) and average hours worked in the UK (1,645 per year).

Sources
www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeety
www.incometaxcalculator.org.uk/average-salary-uk.php
www.calculconversion.com/work-hour-calculator.html

Christmas Day: Belfast wakes up first while Glaswegians stir last last and spend 80% more than the national average on gifts

  • Belfast children start celebrating at 4am while children in Leeds and Glasgow lie in until past 9am
  • Average wake up time for UK on Christmas day is 6.08am
  • Glasgow and Middlesbrough spend a whopping £400 on gifts per child – more than five times the national average of £75 per child
  • Just 5% of UK kids say they look forward to giving gifts

On Christmas Day people in Belfast will be celebrating first with the average get-up time for children aged 3-12 being an exhausting 4am. Welsh children will stir at 6.53am allowing time for plenty of sleep whilst still maximising the big day and in Glasgow, Bradford and Leeds children don’t rise until gone 9am – nearly three hours later than the average get up time for the UK which is 6.08am.

What time do you get up Christmas GIF

When it comes to Christmas spending, money saving website Voucherbox.co.uk has found that the average UK household spends £75 per child while families in Glasgow and Middlesbrough are the most generous with an average spend per head of more than £400, over 80% more than the national average.

It was no surprise to find that most UK children are more excited about opening presents on Christmas Day than giving them with only 5% percent looking forward to gifting others.

More than half of children’s toys to sit under the tree this year have a place on the Toy Retailers Association top 12 toys for Christmas 2016 list, and nearly 10% are set to open a LEGO Friends Amusement Park Roller Coaster, which stands as the present most in demand.

Shane Forster, UK Country Manager comments: “Christmas is an expensive time of year for parents, not to mention a tiring one if you live in Belfast! More than a quarter of parents have spent more this year on Christmas presents for their kids in comparison to previous years. The most coveted toys of the year can be quite costly, but there are of course still deals to be had online.”

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Ballsing it up: Politicians are statistically the worst performers on Strictly Come Dancing

Is Ed Balls about to make history?

  • Politicians are the worst performing contestants with an average score of just 17 points per dance
  • Former MPs average a dismal 10th place in the competition
  • At 23 points per dance, Balls is exceeding expectations
  • Singers and musicians perform best on the show historically
  • Despite Alisha Dixon winning a seat on the judging panel, Natalie Gumede has the highest average judges’ score in history

It may take two to tango, but traditionally it’s best if one of them isn’t a politician as data reveals that during the 12-year history of Strictly Come Dancing, former MPs perform the worst out of any group of contestants. However, that could all be set to change, with Ed Balls becoming a firm favourite as the people’s champion. Despite being amongst the worst performing, he is comfortably exceeding the average score of politicians who historically achieve just 17 points.

Ann Widdecombe and Edwina Currie could only average tenth position but Ed Balls is sticking two fingers up to the history books with his 23-point average and guaranteed finish of at least sixth position. The former Shadow Chancellor – who’s Gangnam Style performance was a highlight for many and scored 25 points – is sailing through each week and following recent election and referendum results, politicians should learn to expect the unexpected.

The findings from money-saving website Voucherbox.co.uk also reveal that singers and musicians perform best on the show, achieving an average of a sixth-place finish, a judges’ score of 30 and three overall victories. TV presenters, sportsmen and soap stars have also fared well, each with three victories since 2004. Comedians, radio presenters and film stars are amongst the careers to have never claimed the Glitterball.

Following her victory in 2007, where she picked-up an average of 36 points per dance, Alesha Dixon became the most successful singer or musician in the show’s history and even went on to earn herself a spot on the judging panel two years later. However, perhaps surprisingly, the data shows that Dixon is not the greatest contestant of all time. The accolade goes to Coronation Street actress Natalie Gumede, whose 37-point average sees her claim top spot on the all-time leader board, despite losing out to model Abbey Clancy in the final of the 2013 series.

At the other end of the spectrum is TV presenter Quentin Wilson. In 2005, he finished in last position with a miserable average score of just eight points per dance. Joining Wilson at the bottom of the pile are garden designer Diarmuid Gavin and Nicholas Owen of BBC News, both with an average score of 14. Although he can claim second worst score in Strictly history, Gavin managed to achieve a respectable seventh position back in 2004.

The success of soap stars has largely been aided by Hollyoaks, the highest achieving soap, with an average score of 34 points per dance. By contrast, there’s trauma for hospital drama stars, whose 27-point average spells casualty on the dance floor. When compared with actors and actresses elsewhere, soap stars finish two places higher than their acting counterparts. Eastenders has provided almost half (45%) of soap contestants ever to take part in the competition.

On the sporting side, the contest between football and rugby stars is fierce. Rugby players average a finishing position of two places higher than footballers and they also average three more points per dance.

Shane Forster, Voucherbox UK Country Manager said, “It is very intriguing to see that there are clear patterns in this research in terms of who is likely to be successful in this and future series. History would suggest former pop star Louise Redknapp is favourite, but with Ed Balls defying the odds each week, it could be considered anyone’s game. I would not like to cha-cha-choose this year’s winner!”

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