18 contestants will compete in the two semi-finals, of which nine come from the quarter-finals. The other half of the contestants will be picked by a jury.
After three quarter-finals, their respective winners will compete for a semi-final ticket.
First Quarter-final (2nd of October)
Second Quarter-final (9th of October)
Third Quarter-final (16th of October)
Best-of-three Selection (23rd of October)
Fourth Quarter-final (30th of October)
Fifth Quarter-final (6th of November)
Sixth Quarter-final (9th of November)
Best-of-three Selection (20th of November)
Seventh Quarter-final (27th of November)
Eight Quarter-final (4th of December)
Ninth Quarter-final (11th of December)
Best-of-three Selection (18th of December)
After twelve selection events, the nine winners and nine contestants picked by a jury will compete in two semi-finals, some time in January. The best half will proceed to the final, in which another three internally selected contestants feature. By means of televoting, the public will decide who will represent Bulgaria in Moscow at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest.