Priest’s Heartfelt Performance Has Simon Confirming, “This Is My Favourite Ever Audition”


It makes sense a priest would choose this song. After all, he’s there through thick and thin, in times of deep sorrow and grief, life and death, and even joy. He would be experienced in all the colors and shades of life, which leads to the pure rawness of his performance.

Father Ray Kelly from St. Brigid’s and St. Mary’s parish at Oldcastle, County Meath, Ireland sang his heart and soul out to R.E.M.’s tearjerking rendition of “Everybody Hurts.”

It all started when he was singing at a wedding four years ago at his parish, and someone posted a video of it online. It immediately went viral on YouTube. He says this was when the phones started ringing off the hook, telling him of his newfound fame. He went from 1,000 views to 2,000 views, and it just kept going and going and not stopping! The 64-year-old couldn’t believe it, but it gave him the confidence he needed to apply to “Britain’s Got Talent” – a show he loves and has been watching for years. He might be the first singing priest to win and perform in front of the royal family.

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