Sunday, January 5, 2020

Wow! Enthusiasm unrivaled, Father Ray the ultimate entertainer

Photos from Day 1 Dancing With the Stars 2020

We picked a few shots from the RTE TV website and post them here for the delight of the fans. Can't wait until the full video is posted somewhere! We'll be sure and bring it to you when we find it.
Rumor has it the fox trot was Fr Ray's dance of choice for this first dance with Kylee Vincent. 

Article in the Irish Times about the first day

Dancing With The Stars: singing priest Ray Kelly conjures up the spirit of Father Ted
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Ed Power

Fr Ray Kelly with Kylee Vincent  during the first live show of Dancing with the Stars 2020. Photograph: Kyran O’Brien

The people’s choice this year may well be Fr Ray Kelly. The singing priest went viral with a cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah in 2014. He’s no dancer and essentially receives a pity vote of eight from judges Julian Benson, Loraine Barry and Brian Redmond out of a possible 20.

But his enthusiasm could power half the grottos in the country as he stomps through a foxtrot with Kylee Vincent, one of four new dancers in 2019.The spirit of Father Ted is conjured throughout. In his video set-up, we see Kelly introduces Vincent to the parishioners at Sunday mass and they perform a quick twirl before the altar (Kelly and Vincent, not the parishioners).

The religious theme carries through to their foxtrot, accompanied by Spirit in the Sky as sung by Doctor and the Medics. Alas no miracles are worked. Loraine Barry observes that Kelly “did his best”.

“You have lovely agility . . . you danced from the heart,” adds Julian Benson.

Source: Irish Times, RTETV
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