Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Busy May for Father Ray Kelly, best of luck on BGT!

Britain's Got Talent Update

Always keep an eye on the official Facebook page for details! Rumor has it Father Ray is in London this week probably filming for BGT, maybe rehearsing with his voice coach, possibly giving interviews in radio and TV and assuredly enjoying a grand time.

For those who are not familiar with Britain's Got Talent contest in London, here is a summary of events to come. We wish Father Ray all the best of luck, we know he will be just absolutely wonderful. The video from the BGT audition has been viewed over 4 million times in a couple of weeks. Good luck shining in London Fr Ray!

Here is the upcoming Britain's Got Talent schedule:
The next showing on TV will be the revealing show when the 80 remaining artists that got 4 yesses (180 artists got 3 or 4 yesses ) but only 80 invited back for the revealing show. Those 80 were reduced to 40 artists on the revealing show which will go out on mid May, the week before the semi finals. 
The semi finals are on a four night period May 28, 29, 30 and 31st of May and only two acts from each go to the final on Saturday 2nd June, at the Hammersmith Apollo Theatre in London.

 Another news bit

Here is a great article in the AngloCelt online:
http://www.anglocelt.ie/news/roundup/articles/2018/04/24/4155147-a-song-of-divine-inspiration/

The Body of the Article:
by Sean McMahon
Reporting from Oldcastle
The calm and tranquil setting that dominates the Parochial House in Oldcastle was a stark contrast on Monday evening to the glitz and glamour of the stage of the London Palladium and Britain’s Got Talent where local parish priest Fr Ray Kelly made a huge impression.
The parish priest has become an overnight international singing sensational after his audition was broadcast on ITV and TV3 last Saturday night. He is now the third favourite with the bookies to win the show outright - with odds of 10/1 - behind rival acts Rise and Marc Spellman. His popularity makes him a dead cert for the live semi finals.
Fr Ray’s rendition of REM’s ‘Everybody Hurts’ moved the audience to tears and earned him a standing ovation. His performance also prompted Simon Cowell to comment that it was one of his “favourite ever” auditions on the show; while all four judges put him through to the next round.
The Anglo-Celt visited Fr Ray Kelly in his home on Monday evening and, over cups of strong tea, the tired cleric had come right back down to earth after flying in from London a few hours earlier. He was fresh from his appearance on ITV’s ‘This Morning’ with Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.
The Celt also understands that he is likely to appear on the Late Late Show this Friday night.

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 Kelly (64) moved the audience first to tears and then to their feet with his rendition of REM’s ‘Everybody Hurts’. His performance earned him a resounding four big ‘yeses’ from the judging panel.Asked why he chose that particular song, Fr Ray said: “It’s a song that’s near and dear to my heart. I suppose being a priest, you get in touch with a lot of pain and joy and happiness as well so I feel it’s a song that I can relate to.”Responding to Simon as to why he entered the show, Fr Ray said: “I thought maybe I’d be the first singing priest to win Britain’s Got Talent.”Fr Ray is no stranger to Celt readers. The singing priest, as he is known locally, went viral four years ago when his performance at a wedding went viral. In April 2014, Fr Ray surprised a couple on their wedding day by singing a version of ‘Hallelujah’ from the altar. The video has been watched over 60 million times and resulted in a Late Late Show appearance.Check out Fr Ray’s audition here – which saw him progress to the next stage of the competition, the selection for the live semi finals.




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