Move over Pharrell Williams — “The Voice: Israel” has got the real big name: Spielberg.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jessica “Jessy” Katz, 25-year-old nice of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg, and daughter of Playmount Productions president Nancy Spielberg-Katz, will be performing on the show’s third season, which debuts on October 8.
Katz won her spot on the show during a blind audition in which she performed Swedish singer Lykke Li’s “I Follow Rivers.” She made aliyah to Israel three years ago with the intention of enlisting in the Israel Defense Force’s “Nahal” program, “which integrates military service with core values of settling outlying areas throughout the country and volunteering to benefit social-welfare causes,” according to Haaretz.
Judging the Israeli edition of the Dutch series are Sarit Hadad, Shlomi Shabat (who won seasons one and two, respectively) Aviv Geffen, Mosh Ben Ari.
Watch her audition below:
Anne Cohen was the Forward’s deputy digital media editor. When she’s not looking for the secret Jewish history of Voodoo in New Orleans, or making lists about Ruth Bader Ginsburg , she writes for The Assimilator. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism with an M.S. magazine concentration in 2012.
Steven Spielberg's Niece Sings on 'Voice' Israel