Fr. Ray Kelly to perform on tonight’s Britain’s Got Talent semi-final

By Alex Doyle

Fr. Ray Kelly will perform once again during tonight’s Britain’s Got Talent semi-final, after his successful audition.

The 64-year-old parish priest in Oldcastle, Co Meath impressed the judges when he sang R.E.M’s Everybody Hurt – with head judge Simon Cowell branding his performance one of his “favourite ever auditions”.

Fr. Ray will take to the stage tonight (June 1) at the Hammersmith Apollo as he competes for a place in the live final on Sunday night.

Kelly is already an internet sensation after he sang Leonard Cohen’s Halleluja in 2014, grabbing the attention of millions of people around the globe – 60 million to be exact.

Although he can’t give too much away about his performance, Fr. Ray has revealed it will be dedicated to his late sister Regina McMahon, who died of oesophageal cancer in 2016 at the age of just 59.

He told Independent.ie: “Regina was very special and very close to me and her family as well.  I learned it after she died and I used to sing it in church for other people going through bereavement as well.

“Everybody has been affected by cancer or the death of a family member, or loss. It will be emotional and I will need to get in touch with my emotions for it to come across.”

You can catch Fr. Ray Kelly’s performance, along with the other seven hopefuls’, from 7:30pm tonight on TV3 and ITV, voting number 1514711007 .

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