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.
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.”
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I learned some crazy things about my family’s roots with MyHeritage. I have a tree that goes back 300 years with relatives from all over the world. My ancestors are as diverse as my music! They make me a unique blend – the Netta blend @myheritage_official #Eurovision #OneBigFamily #ESC2019 #MyHeritage #DaretoDream #MyHeritageDNA
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…