Who is Britain's Got Talent's Father Ray Kelly - aka the singing priest?

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Britain's Got Talent will air the result during tonight's show from 8pm on ITV.

Oldcastle parish priest Fr Ray Kelly went down a storm on last night's Episode of Britain's Got Talent with his audition prompting chief Judge Simon Cowell to say it was one of his "favourite" ever auditions on the show.

Fr Ray took moved the judging panel with his performance, and he got a thumbs up from everyone.

Fr Kelly received a standing ovation from the crowd and all four judges, who have placed him into the next stage of the contest.

On why he chose the song, Fr Kelly said: "It's a song that's kind of near and dear to my heart - I suppose being a priest you get in touch with a lot of pain and a lot of joy and happiness as well".

Actor and author David Walliams described it as a "beautiful performance".

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TWITTERBritain's Got Talent Amanda interrupted the priest's gratitude

Speaking to The Irish Times on Sunday, Fr Kelly said "I'm just out of 11.30am Mass, people were in congratulating me, they gave me a big round of applause in the church this morning".

"I didn't know what to expect, one of my favourite ever auditions, I really mean that, I think your voice is handsome, I love that version of the song, genuinely, it's everything we've been waiting for, I absolutely loved it".

Fr Ray told presenters Ant and Dec that he was an "emotional wreck" after the performance.

Dec said "That was some congregation out there wasn't it?"

"I should have had a collection", joked Fr Ray.

Father Ray will find out later in the series whether he's done enough to secure himself a place in the live semi-finals.


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