EVOKE.IE REPORTS: “Fr. Ray Kelly has once again achieved internet fame after appearing on Britain’s Got Talent over the weekend. (VIDEO BELOW ARTICLE)
The viral sensation – who first came to the public eye when he sang Hallelujah during a wedding – was given a standing ovation from the audience and judges alike for his beautiful rendition of REM’s Everybody Hurts.
However, the applause didn’t stop there. The parish priest of Oldcastle, Co. Meath, received a rousing cheer from his congregation at Sunday mass the day after the BGT episode aired!
The Youtube clip of Fr. Kelly’s performance on Britain’s Got Talent’s page has already been viewed over 880K times as well as countless times on Facebook and Twitter.
Despite his previous singing experience, the Irish priest was understandably nervous when he got on stage but hid it well and even had a bit of banter with the judges about exorcisms!
But the subject matter of the song and the manner of his delivery quickly brought a different mood to the room and you could have heard a pin drop during the performance.
Perhaps the most nerve-wracking moment was just after he finishes and the room stays silent until Simon Cowell eventually stands up and begins clapping.
David Walliams called it ‘a beautiful performance’, Alesha Dixon described it as ‘soothing and calming’ while Amanda Holden said it was ‘brilliant and honest and the whole congregation was behind you!’
But head judge Simon Cowell kept the best for last saying that although he wasn’t sure what to expect, it had been one of his ‘favourite ever auditions’.
Speaking at mass on Sunday, Fr. Ray said: ‘I knew I could put in a fairly good performance but I was amazed at their (judges) comments.
‘I am in awe and humbled by it, I really was not expecting it.’”
Watch his performance in the video below, and please share if you like it.