This morning at 10:00 CET, the mail box at the office of Dutch broadcaster NOS was opened for the last time to check for new Nationaal Songfestival entries. “We received quite some entries this weekend, the exact amount will be announced tomorrow”, programme editor Twan van de Nieuwenhuijzen said to esctoday.com.
Dutch song writers and composers were asked to submit songs for Idols runner-up Maud, percussion girl group Treble (photo) and pop-rock band Behave, the three internally selected participants for this year's Nationaal Songfestival. Each participant will sing three songs during the national final on 12th March. Two of them from their own collection of songs, one from the public entries, of which the deadline closed today.
Bruce Smith and Robert D. Fisher, who wrote last year's Dutch entry My impossible dream, submitted songs, just like Isaac Angel, who coordinated the remixes of last year's Turkish entry Rimi-rimi-ley. At least five other foreign song writers and composers submitted songs, sometimes together with Dutch musicians. According to the rules, the people behind a song whould have a link with the Dutch music industry, which clarifies the cooperation between Dutch and foreign musicians.
Esctoday.com estimates between 100 and 130 songs reached broadcaster NOS.