The Shmooze

Steven Spielberg's Niece Sings on 'Voice' Israel

By Anne Cohen

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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:


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