According to the most read Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, former Idols participants Bas and Joel are selected to perform a song on the Dutch Nationaal Songfestival. The song Celeste is the second song on their cover single Burning heart.
Erik Dikeb, co-writer of last year's Dutch Nationaal Songfestival entry Blue skies are for free, submitted the song to the Dutch broadcaster NOS. When esctoday.com asked him if the song is selected for the semifinals, Erik said: “I submitted a few songs and for some of them I received an exit letter, but not for this one. That's the only thing I can say about it”.
Bas en Joel ended among the last 10 of Idols last year. Joel already performed at the Nationaal Songfestival before with the group All of us.
Also the well-known Dutch television presenter and singer Manuela Kemp confirmed she is selected for the Nationaal Songfestival 2004. The song is said to be written by Frédérique Spigt, who participated to the Nationaal Songfestival 1998.