Ireland’s singing priest Father Ray Kelly didn’t make it through to the finals on Britain’s Got Talent, leaving many viewers shocked and disappointed.
The Co Meath native became a singing sensation in 2014 after a video of him singing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah at a wedding went viral. Earlier this year, he auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent, where he impressed both judges and viewers with his rendition of Everybody Hurts from R.E.M.
The 65-year-old made it through to the semi-finals last weekend and performed during the fifth semi-finals on Friday night. Unfortunately, Fr Ray Kelly just missed out on a spot in the top three.
People expressed their disappointment on social media, some saying they were “gutted” and "fuming" that Fr Ray Kelly had to go home, reports Her.ie.
Well I didn't expect Mandy to beat Father Ray Kelly. His voice was just heavenly (excuse the pun). 😂#BGT— Rebecca Powell (@rebeccamapowell) June 1, 2018
Really am gutted for Father Ray Kelly! 😢 #BGT— Zoe Longley (@ZLon_) June 1, 2018
How did Father Ray not get through? I am FUMING #bgt— Sadie Staples (@sadie_staples) June 1, 2018
He talked about the possibility of not winning before the show. He said: “I am not going to beat myself up over it. It’s been a great journey since my first audition last January. I’m open to what happens, a few more concerts and charity gigs.”
This morning Fr Ray Kelly took to Twitter expressing his gratitude for the experience he had on the show.
I can only say that for myself, the messages and emails I have received from strangers who, in their despair, have been touched by my singing and have found hope has been extraordinary.
That indeed is the greatest positive of all about my @BGT— Father Ray Kelly (@fatherraykelly) June 2, 2018
A BIG THANK YOU to all the Britain's Got Talent team and a thank you to everyone who took the time and effort to vote for me. God willing, my singing journey carries on!— Father Ray Kelly (@fatherraykelly) June 2, 2018
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The winners of the fifth semi-final were Micky P Kerr, Mandy Muden, and the Giang Brothers. The final will be aired live later this weekend.