Singing Irish priest applauded at mass after wowing in BGT audition

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Congrats Father Kelly, and well done!

A source told the publication: 'Viewers were led to believe Father Ray was an amateur.

He toured with his ten-track album Where I Belong - which was released in 2014 - and went platinum with 40,000 sales.

"It seems producers are running out of talent so have turned to people who've already made it".

Express.co.uk has contacted a representative of ITV for comment.

An insider told The Sun at the time: 'A lot of the acts who are in the semi-finals are genuine performers looking for their first break rather than "Second Chance Charlies"'.

Following his audition there was silence until Cowell stood up to applaud him, with the judges praising his "beautiful" performance and putting him through to the next stage of the talent show. Meath took to the BGT stage in front of judges Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden, and performed a rendition of REM's Everybody Hurts, which impressed the panel.

Kelly got four yeses from the judges, with a teary Simon Cowell saying it was one of his "favourite" ever auditions.

The judge and TV producer added: "I thought your voice was handsome, I loved the version of the song, this was everything we've been waiting for, genuinely". I love the version of the song.

"I love Susan Boyle and one of my dreams would be to do a duet with her and sing with her because she has such an wonderful voice". This is everything we've been waiting for.

"Her talent was discovered late in life, like mine, so there's that comparison".

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