The pots were composed by Digame, the Eurovision Song Contest's televoting partner since 2004, based on average voting patterns between 2004 and 2008. By drawing from six different pots, the chance that countries that regularly exchange points end up in the same Semi-Final is reduced, making the outcome of the Semi-Finals more surprising. The format was used in 2008 for the first time - with success!
Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia
Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Israel, Moldova, Ukraine
Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, the Netherlands, Turkey
Andorra, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania
Czech Republic, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland