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We asked JJ for some commentary tips!

Commentating's no walk in the park!

Firstly, there's no walking. You're sat for most of the match and there's lots of research and preparation to do!

MOTD man Jermaine is on the judging panel for the BBC's Young Commentator competition, and he gave us his expert tips!

How do you make sure you’re ready to commentate on a game?

Jermaine says: "I research the players, how they’re performing, their level for the last couple of weeks, which usually gives you a good insight into whether they’ve go to have a good game!"

How do you combine watching the game, reading your notes and making sure the commentary is entertaining?

Jermaine says: "That’s the beauty of being on radio! When it comes to being ready for any moment, it’s always better to be off the cuff, because it comes out more natural."

Which MOTD pundit has the best knowledge?

Jermaine says: "Me! I’m the best, simple as that! We’ve got some top pundits though, Shearer’s setting the bar week in week out, Danny Murphy’s knowledge of the game is strong, Phil Neville brings some great content and insight into specific clubs. Ruud Gullit was a world class player, he brings that to the table, and Martin [Keown] brings seriousness to defensive issues as well!"

Who smells the best?

Jermaine says: "Gabby Logan!"


BBC Radio 5 live’s Young Commentator of the Year competition closes at midnight on Friday 27 October, and the winner will be announced live on air on Thursday 16 November. To enter, visit You must be aged between 11 and 15 years old to enter

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