Eugene Masterson Irish Independent
Fr Ray Kelly with Pro dancer Kylee Vincent pictured during the live show of Dancing with the stars.
March 09 2020 11:03 AM
Father Ray Kelly is dancing with joy as he has made an estimated €30,000 from Dancing with the Stars.
And the 66-year-old priest has revealed exactly what he’s going to do with his windfall from the hit RTE show.
“I’m releasing an album shortly and I owe the record producer in London almost €30,000 for the album I recorded,” he told the Sunday World.
“I am paying him back by degrees, because no record company came behind me to do this album this time around. So I have to pay for it myself. Most of it will go towards that.”
Fr Ray Kelly with Pro dancer Kylee Vincent pictured after they were voted out during the live show of Dancing with the stars.
Contestants on the TV ballroom dancing show are reportedly paid €3,000 for each episode they take part in and last night saw Fr Ray notch up his 10th appearance.
“The album, which will be my third one to release, may be called Hallelujah Day or Father Of All Ages,” says Fr Ray, who first shot to fame when a video of him singing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah back in 2014 became a YouTube hit.
4Fr Ray Kelly with Pro dancer Kylee Vincent pictured during the live show of Dancing with the stars. Photo Credit: Kyran O’Brien Photography/kobpix
“The songs are all recorded, I’m waiting for the final tweaking. I have a colleague in Vienna putting the rest of it together and hopefully it will be out in the next month or so.”
Fr Ray, who is based in Tyrrellspass, Co Westmeath, later shot to TV fame in 2018 when he made the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent, bowling over Simon Cowell and the other judges with his version of R.E.M’s Everybody Hurts.
4Double act: Fr Ray Kelly performing on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ with his partner Kylee Vincent. Photo: Kyran O’Brien
He was approached by producers with DWTS to take part on the RTE show later the same year but he fractured his foot as a concert, which put him out of action.
“Then they came back again and asked would I consider it this time around and I said `yeah, let me think about it’,” he explains.
“In hindsight looking back on it, when you sign up for something like that you don’t really realise the amount of work involved or the intensity of the training, because it can be 12 or 14 hours a week, but in fairness we put in an awful lot more than that
“I’m still getting on doing my parish work. Life is normal for me. I never asked for this…even the word celebrity, dancing with the stars, stars and celebrity status doesn’t really sit comfortably enough with me because I just see myself as an ordinary priest getting on with life and doing the best I can.”
Sugar Ray Kelly gets more embarrassing and cringeworthy every time he opens his mouth.
Why is a 66 year old man so attention seeking, so approval craving?
Ok, he can sing. But he is no Frank Sinatra.
He now admits that he has spent more than two days a week out of his parish and other priests have to celebrate his Masses.
Ray is so needy and attention seeking it is embarrassing.