This year’s UK Eurovision contestant, Michael Rice, is 65.8% Irish, Scottish and Welsh, 30.3% North and West European, 2.8% Scandinavian, and 1.1% Finnish!
Michael has always wanted to know where he came from, so he was eager to learn his ethnicity results. When the results came in, he was astonished to discover he had roots in Western Europe and Scandinavia, but not a single drop of English ethnicity! “I was surprised that my heritage is not from England, where I was born and have grown up,” he says.
Michael is from Hartlepool, a lovely seaside town in northeastern England not far from Scotland, which may explain why his UK heritage is Irish, Scottish and Welsh rather than English.
Michael also matched with 4,256 relatives from 30 countries all over the world, many of them from Anglophone countries such as the US, UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Ireland, but also from places as far-flung as Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, and Russia.
Michael is hoping his DNA results may get him some votes from other countries represented in Eurovision. “Now that it’s revealed I’m 65% Irish, perhaps I could gain a few votes from there!”