The daughter of former Australian cricketer Michael Bevan and McGrath Foundation board director Tracy Bevan has proven she has standout skills of her own, delivering a powerhouse performance on The Voice.
Twenty-year-old university student Liv Bevan performed on Monday night’s episode of the Nine reality show and turned the chairs of three out of the four judges with her rendition of Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.
“Childhood memories were slightly different than other people’s … my parents were definitely in the public eye,” the Sydney teenager said before taking the stage.
“I’m looking to prove to myself that I can make it without my surname.”
Her mother and father, who divorced in 2014 after 21 years together, stood backstage while Liv performed, with Michael punching the air as judges Kelly Rowland, Joe Jonas and Delta Goodrem all turned around to see who possessed the impressive pipes.
Prior to her performance, Liv revealed she perfected her singing voice while her father played cricket above her head.
“We [the kids of the cricketers] would be under the pitch … we used to sing karaoke … to pass the time. [I would] use the cheers of everybody upstairs as my own,” Liv told host Sonia Kruger.
Bevan, now 47, played 232 one day internationals for Australia.
Liv opted to join Jonas’s team, but not before being asked to elaborate on her famous parentage in front of the live studio audience.
“I have pretty successful parents … My dad played cricket for Australia and my mum started a really big foundation here called the McGrath Foundation,” she explained, as the audience took their feet in a standing ovation, with the cameras showing an increasingly emotional Tracy backstage.
While Goodrem and the crowd were impressed, judges Rowland, Jonas and Boy George were perplexed as to what the McGrath Foundation actually was.
“I’m from the UK … I don’t know what everyone’s going crazy for,” George laughed.
“If they stood up, obviously there’s some respect level there,” Rowland added.
Liv explained: “My dad played cricket and my mum met her best friend there, who was also another cricketer’s wife. She was my godmother, her name was Jane McGrath and she passed away of breast cancer.”
Tracy serves as a board director for the Foundation after assisting Jane and her husband Glenn McGrath to set up the organisation following Jane’s breast cancer diagnosis in 1997. Tracy has been nominated for Australian of the Year twice.
“Your parents are extraordinary,” Goodrem, herself a cancer survivor, said.
Liv was rewarded for her stellar performance with a hug from both of her “proud” parents and her younger sister Amelia.