Since first entering the Eurovision Song Contest in
2003, Ukraine has been an ever-present finalist,
winning the contest in 2004, and gaining six Top 10
results. Unlike previous years, where the Ukrainian
Eurovision selections were shrouded in controversy,
this year's national final was a straight-forward
August 23rd, Ukrainian broadcaster NTU confirmed its
participation in Bakuand on November 25th, they
confirmed the details about the national selection.
Singers could send their entries to NTU from until
December 25th and a total of twenty songs were
selected by a jury to compete in a semi-final.
Nineteen candidates were selected by a jury and one
candidate who was selected through Inter Channel's
show Number 1. A 21st finalist was chosen by an
Ukrainian national final was held on the afternoon
of February 18th at the NTU Studios in Kyiv and
hosted by Timur Miroshnichenko and Tatiana Terekhova.
The winner was chosen by public text voting and a
jury, each with a 50% weighting. In a split vote,
the song that won the jury vote and came second with
the public claimed victory and Gaitana and her song
"Be My Guest" won the ticket to Baku.