One of the participants in the new season of The Voice Israel, starting next week, is Jessica "Jessy" Katz, niece of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg.
Katz, 25, is the daughter of Spielberg's sister, Playmount Productions president Nancy Spielberg-Katz. She has been playing gigs in Tel Aviv for the past three years, since making aliya from the U.S. Her group, Jessica Rabbit & the Blues Bunnies, got its name from the 1988 movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit, produced by her famous uncle.
The third season of the TV singing competition debuts on October 8. In it, aspiring singers hook up in blind auditions with coaches, who then mentor them through the rest of the competition. The coaches in the new season of the show are Mizrahi singers Sarit Hadad and Shlomi Shabat, rock star Aviv Geffen and musician Mosh Ben Ari.
Katz sang Swedish singer Lykke Li's "I Follow Rivers" in her blind audition.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Katz is a graduate of The University of Maryland who made aliya with the intention of enlisting in the Israel Defense Force's Nahal brigade. She is not the first North American to participate in the show. The 2012 winner was Jewish-Canadian Kathleen Reiter, who immigrated to Israel from Montreal just days before auditioning in mid-2011.
The local edition of the originally Dutch series is immensely popular in Israel. Season 2 premiered in December 2012 with 35.5 percent ratings and 48.6 percent household share. The final in March 2013 had 39.6 percent ratings and 55.8 percent household share, amounting to over 1.1 million viewers.
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