Real Reason John Sergeant Left Strictly Come Dancing - His Motor Insurance, Says

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Dancers pay more on car insurance premiums. has uncovered the real reason for John Sergeant's shock departure from Strictly Come Dancing. Had he carried on and turned professional as a dancer, his motor insurance premium would have risen by £124.75¹, than if he had remained a journalist.

Research from found that huge discrepancies between car insurance quotes for seemingly similar jobs could, in some cases, save the consumer large amounts of money. For example the difference between a singer and an entertainer's premium could be as much as £223².

Will Thomas, head of motor insurance, says, "It is certainly true that using different ways to describe a person's occupation could dramatically reduce their premiums, although it is important not to confuse being savvy with being dishonest. The increase is mainly due to risk association, a dancer could be performing behind Robbie Williams or Kylie Minogue on stage, socialising with them, then driving them home at night. If the car crashes while they're in the car, the driver could be liable for their loss of earnings, which in the case of Robbie or Kylie is going to be considerably more than the average person. So it really is who you know, not what you know!"

"Therefore, it's recommended everyone shops around for their car insurance as much as possible and using a price comparison website is the best way to do this. aims to find customers the best policies at the right prices." reckons that John Sergeant will be cha-cha-chuffed with his latest move.

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About is one of the UK's biggest and most popular price comparison services. Launched in 2002, it generates over one million quotes per month. It has expanded its range of comparison products over the last couple of years to include home insurance, travel insurance, pet insurance, van insurance, motorbike insurance, breakdown cover and energy prices, as well as financial services products including credit cards, loans, mortgages and life insurance. has a panel of 77 motor insurers, its typical customer saves up £208* on their annual car insurance policy. is not a supplier, insurance company or broker. It provides a free, objective and unbiased comparison service. By using cutting-edge technology, it has developed a series of intelligent web-based solutions that evaluate a number of risk factors to help customers with their decision-making, subsequently finding them great deals on a wide-range of insurance products, financial services, utilities and more.'s service is based on the most up-to-date information provided by UK suppliers and industry regulators. is owned by the Admiral Group plc. Admiral listed on the London Stock Exchange in September 2004. is regulated by the FSA.

*Based on the average customer savings made between January and July 2008


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