The Eurovision Song Contest favourites, Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra, received a standing ovation during Tuesday night's semi-final as they booked their home nation's place in Saturday's grand final in Turin.

The group received a rapturous response from the crowd at the PalaOlimpico after performing their song, Stefania.

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"Thank you for supporting Ukraine," they said.

Seventeen countries were competing for 10 places in Saturday's grand final.

Joining Ukraine in qualifying from the first semi-final were, in alphabetical order: Armenia, Greece, Iceland, Lithuania, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and Switzerland.

Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Latvia and Slovenia failed to progress on the night.

Irish Eurovision hopeful Brooke Scullion will compete in the second semi-final on Thursday.

Brooke Scullion is flying the flag in Turin Photo: Andres Poveda

Speaking to RTÉ Entertainment from Turin on Tuesday, the Co Derry singer appealed for more radio play for her song That's Rich.

"All I can do is focus on the campaign from here on in and, of course, it will be an excellent boost to get the song played on the radio," she added.

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The second Eurovision Song Contest semi-final is on RTÉ2, the RTÉ Player and RTÉ Radio 1 on Thursday from 8:00pm.

The 10 qualifiers from the first semi-final:

Armenia:

Armenia's Rosa Linn performing the song Snap

Greece:

Greece's Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord performing the song Die Together

Iceland:

Iceland's Systur performing the song Með Hækkandi Sól

Lithuania:

Lithuania's Monika Liu performing the song Sentimentai

Moldova:

Moldova's Zdob şi Zdub & Advahov Brothers performing the song Trenulețul

Netherlands:

Netherlands' S10 performing the song De Diepte

Norway:

Norway's Subwoolfer performing the song Give That Wolf a Banana

Portugal:

Portugal's MARO performing the song Saudade

Switzerland:

Switzerland's Marius Bear performing the song Boys Do Cry

Ukraine:

Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra performing the song Stefania

Harry Guerin Additional Reporting: Alan Corr

Photos: Corrinne Cumming / EBU

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