Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist, Fr Ray Kelly has questioned the organisers of the World Meeting of Families over the song selection process for next month’s papal celebrations.
The parish priest in Oldcastle, Co. Meath, admitted that he was “annoyed” after he found out that Irish country singer Nathan Carter will be singing REM’s Everybody Hurts at the celebrations in Croke Park on 25th August.
“What made me a bit annoyed really was the fact that Nathan is a fantastic singer and everybody loves him in Ireland and the women adore him and I’m sure he’d do a fantastic job on Everybody Hurts…but I just wonder who put that song with him,” Fr Kelly told Joe Duffy’s RTE Liveline radio programme during a phone-in discussion concerning the WMOF2018 performers.
“Was it somebody who just remembered it from way back in 1992 or was it somebody who saw Ray Kelly singing it on YouTube and said we’ll put that song now to Nathan and give Ray Kelly the thumbs down basically,” he added.
Fr Kelly also stressed that he would still be available to sing for Pope Francis during the papal visit.
“Absolutely I would available – it would be one of the greatest pleasures of my life to available to sing at Croke Park for Pope Francis,” he said.
As previously reported in The Universe, Fr Kelly proved an instant hit with TV’s toughest judge Simon Cowell when he appeared on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent earlier this year, singing his rendition of REM’s Everybody Hurts.
The priest also suggested that he would be open to performing alongside Carter during the papal celebrations.
“A lady who’s a great fan of Nathan’s, and a fan of mine, was at his show last Friday night at the Court and she came up with the suggestion, wouldn’t it be fantastic to see Fr Ray and Nathan singing Everybody Hurts together,” he told Liveline.
Fr Kelly’s vocal talents previously went viral after a recording of him singing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah at a wedding in 2014 received over 60 million views on YouTube.
A spokesperson for the World Meeting of Families told The Universe: “The WMOF2018 will not be commenting further on the acts and artists chosen for the Festival of Families beyond what we said in our statement of 19th July which is available on our website.”
Picture: Fr Ray Kelly sings Everybody Hurts during his Britain’s Got Talent audition. (Tom Dymond/Syco/Thames/PA).