Father Ray Kelly auditioning on last week’s Britain’s Got Talent. He sings. I love it when someone does something for Jesus and prime time television audiences applaud.
Father Ray Kelly says “Well I’ve always loved to sing, I did a bit of voice training years ago when I worked in Dublin…my family are very musical anyway – it was always something I loved to do.”
He regularly sings at church and for weddings and funerals but said: “it always took second step to being a priest; that was number one in my life.”
“I wouldn’t be a priest only for my parents and their faith and my grandparents’ faith.”
He added that although he is used to speaking in front of people, he was still nervous about singing in front of Simon Cowell and the other Britain’s Got Talent judges: “I thought about it for a long time before deciding to enter and I kind of thought in the end I’m not going to beat myself up if they criticise me and I don’t get any yes’s…but I said I’d give it a go”
Speaking of the moment he got a standing ovation, he said: “I was gobsmacked by their reaction really. you know, even the four second delay after I finished my last note and there was kind of silence in the auditorium in the palladium…those four seconds seemed like hours”.
“Then Simon stood up and it all changed after that.”
“The days are gone when priests are on a pedestal and untouchable and unseeable – they’re just ordinary guys trying to get on and do their jobs the best they can.”