Songs that ended wars. Songs that sparked political coups. Songs that brought walls down and threw the closet doors open on celebrating gay culture.
Yes, it's Eurovision. It's one of the most watched non-sporting events in the world and we're going for a journey through its murky history along with Jared Mackley-Crump who is a lecturer in event management at Auckland's University of Technology.
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