Eurovision star Sonia sings with European youth music refugee choir in Liverpool

Video report by Granada Reports Entertainment correspondent Caroline Whitmore

Former UK Eurovision entry Sonia has been sharing the magic of the competition by singing with a choir made up of refugees.

The singer performed with European youth music refugee choir at Everyman Theatre in Liverpool.

Sonia came second at the Eurovision Song Contest 30 years ago with 'Better The Devil You Know.'

Missing out on the top spot still irks her three decades later, she said: "If I'd have won I'd have pestered them to bring it back to Liverpool so this is a dream come true for me."

Now, she is sharing the spotlight of her number one hit - 'You’ll Never Stop Me Loving You' with Tetiana Volikova from Ukraine.

Sonia said: "The refugee choir are just brilliant. Music just unites people. When you think of the atrocities that have been going on in these countries, it's amazing that the National Lottery reaches out to help them and bring them in."

Tetiana fled Ukraine with her two children almost a year ago. Her partner is still in the country.

Tetiana Volikova fled Ukraine with her son and daughter. Credit: ITV Granada

She says being part of the choir has helped her since leaving her home country.

Tetiana said: "This choir heals me. Just to understand I'm singing with a big star, part of Eurovision history is amazing.

"Before she came I was not confident but she's so warm, I relaxed."

With the song contest under two weeks away, the Liverpool is hosting many events to reflect Ukrainian culture throughout the city.

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