30 performers took part in a national Semi-Final and presented their songs and performances. A professional jury - the chairman was the president of the National Television Company of Ukraine, Mr. Vasyl Ilashchuk - then chose the 15 best ones.
The qualifiers were the following:
Mr. Ilashchuk commented on the results: “The main thing for us is to choose the best representative of Ukraine who will make a worthy performance at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow".
The Ukrainian final will take place on 8 March 2009 in the National Palace of Arts. The Ukrainian representative for the Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow will be selected by a mixed interactive voting procedure of both televote and a professional jury.