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.— Father Ray Kelly (@fatherraykelly) June 2, 2018
That indeed is the greatest positive of all about my @BGT
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.