Eurovision 2018 winner Netta Barzilai already knew that her mother’s roots could be traced to Morocco and Libya, and that her father’s side has deep connections to Poland.

But after visiting the headquarters of MyHeritage — the official sponsors of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 — she learned a whole lot more.

In the emotional video below, the “Toy” hitmaker receives her MyHeritage DNA results on camera along with some additional information garnered by a family research team.

Netta watches a video message from one of her DNA matches, sees video footage from her great grandfather’s house in Poland and even smells a bar of soap from her great great grandfather’s factory. We can’t tell if she likes the aroma, but we do know she’s getting all the feels.

Netta was thrilled to discover that she has some Irish DNA. Apparently she’s had a lifelong affinity for the Irish. Make sense: They have won Eurovision more than any other country! Beyond the Emerald Isle, Netta has at least 7,000 relatives in 60 countries from the United States to Libya.

Visit Netta’s page on the One Big Family site to learn more

In the past Netta has said that her unique upbringing — between Israel and Nigeria — may have influenced her musically. It’s fair to say that her DNA continues the theme. Here’s how her host at MyHeritage put it.

“What many of your fans love about your music is the way you use different samples and different beats and mix it up together.”

“Just like you take the different mixes and beats, your origins and the people in your family, and where they came from, also mix together and make Netta this unique blend of special DNA.”

MyHeritage: #OneBigFamily

MyHeritage’s One Big Family project seeks to answer one big question: What will Eurovision stars discover about their family roots? It’s an act of fun and discovery, and it also shows how we’re all frequently much more connected than we realise.

Charlotte Perrelli said she was “overwhelmed” by the process. And Netta admitted that “this is addictive”. In the coming weeks more than 40 other stars from the song contest family will find out about their family’s journey. And in doing so learn a bit more of their own.

Have you had any DNA matches with Eurovision stars? What other legends are you hoping will participate in the MyHeritage project? Let us know down below…

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Rémy
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Rémy

“In the coming weeks more than 40 other stars from the song contest family will find out about their family’s journey.”
Okay but I bet the German delegation is shaking in their boots ?

t3t3t3
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t3t3t3

Why? Laurita (the brunette one) is half Philippina, so the ESC fans from Philippines that wanted Bella Santiago, can now support Germany.

La Signora
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La Signora

I thought Netta was 100% Georgian lol

Polegend Godgarina
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lmfao not y’all trustin these scam tests. if u wanna kno bout your ethnic background u gotta do the research yourself n get help from professionals

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Sage advice.

David
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David

I took MyHeritage DNA-test, but I sort of take it all with a grain of salt, especially the ethnicity part.

Conor K
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Conor K

Netta has some Irish in her! Irish power 🙂

Ann
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Ann

Am I the only one that think the whole thing sounds kinda…racist? One big family and so on – I know. But the sentences like “a unique blend of special DNA” have quite bad connections :/

Whisker
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Whisker

Racism is the belief that a race is superior to others and involves systematic and systemic actions/behaviours of discrimination, conscious or not. There is nothing wrong with “a unique blend of special DNA”, just consider the context OK?

Ann
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Ann

Whisker – no, not only. Suggesting that someones DNA is better than others because of ethnicity is simply wrong.
And Netta is a good artist not because of her “unique blend od special DNA”, but because she has talent. It’s not a dog show :/
Besides, I said the context was good. But the form…eh.

Elsa
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Elsa

Yes I agree. I do not even understand what they scientifically mean with her being ‘jew’ as it is known that there is no such a thing as a ‘jewish gene’… But even if there was – who cares? Thought Europe was done with this crap.

David
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David

Jews have mostly married within their group for thousands of years, so they make an own genetic cluster, which clearly distinguish them from most of the non-Jews in the socities in which they live.

Whisker
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Whisker

Considering that Jewish people preserved their genetic make-up through marriages and procreating within their own ethnic group, which was their choice, Jewish genes do exist. It’s biology.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Thank you Ann. Yes, it is fundamentally racist. Hopefully this blog can eventually see that and stop these promotions.

Bob
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Bob

It’s just for fun… but I do agree that making heritage seem important is never a good thing. We are all descendent from the same monkeys, what matters is not where our parents came from but what we choose to do with our lives.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

On the last such post, I promised to object to this “MyHeritage” process every time it appeared. So here is my objection. My opinion of it has not changed, but people are welcome to try to convince me otherwise.

Una
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Una

I don’t fully understand your reasons but I object to the lack of uniform regulations in this industry (not necessarily regarding this particular sponsor, just in general), the aggressive marketing strategy of the actors in this industry, the ethical implications in what regards pharmaceutical companies, insurance, law enforcement and so on. People are “blinded” by the curiosity of knowing their ancestry yet they can be overwhelmed by the fine print that comes with the tests. And there is much more that comes with these tests other than ancestry. There’s too much going on behind the scenes that people don’t know… Read more »

Una
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Una

One more thing: this edition of Eurovision seems to come with some luggage. More than 40 participants are taking the test? WTF?

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Thanks Una. Indeed, let’s see if this blog has to put out 40 more such articles. If so, I might have talked myself into making 40 more comments of objection. (Oops.)

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

There is one thing wrong with all the official music videos this year – the MyHeritage intro. Disgusting. Unfortunately, in order to watch anything of the 2019 content, I have to deal with being disgusted, or be fast enough to mute it and look away until the actual content starts.. But it also reminds me that I am no gullible fool, so silver lining.

Bear
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Bear

I’m not disgusted 😉 but i understand what you mean. The fun with Eurovision is that it never was about commercials. And we don’t have commercial breaks for 4 hours long. In the US it would be full with adds of Pepsi and Coca Cola. So My Heritage is pushing a little too hard indeed with their advertisement everywhere. Now even some Eurovision song reviewers on YouTube are promoting it in an obvious way

Whisker
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Whisker

I am not against it because ESC costs a lot of money and as long as there are businesses that contribute money- it’s an investment after all, they are only playing by the rules.

Polegend Godgarina
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the most disgusting thing bout it is that the contest is in israel out of all places…. n ‘ethnic background’ was literally the reason why six million jews died in ww2. insensitve n greedy af of the contest organizers.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Spot on, Polegend. 🙂

Whisker
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Whisker

There is nothing disgusting about that. Jewish people, in Israel and abroad, OWN their history and heritage, even considering those horrible events. It’s up to them to decide how they see the value of “heritage”.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Whisker wrote: “The value of heritage.”
There is the entire problem in four words. Thank you for articulating it.

EscGreece
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EscGreece

It would be better for me if singers from this year would do this for the sponsor, instead of old stars

????
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Chicken

Whisker
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Whisker

Are you trying to be offensive or is the message of the song lost on you?

stommie
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stommie

“In the coming weeks more than 40 other stars from the song contest family will find out about their family’s journey. And in doing so learn a bit more of their own.”

And what if they don’t want to find out?

Whisker
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Whisker

Well maybe they want to find out. This should however be a personal decision and the results should be kept personal unless they agree to make them public. I don’t see how any of them can be forced to do the test and share the results.

stommie
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stommie

I saw this also at the beginning of EiC at the big led screen. Did she do this voluntary or was there any contractual obligation?

Jan
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Jan

This is getting very annoying… I know that sponsors are needed but they have never been as visible and intrusive as MyHeritage this year… Eurovision is organsed by PBC so it should as much add-free as feasible….

Jan
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Jan

*it should stay as much add-free as feasible…