Britain's Got Talent singer Father Ray Kelly has had a record deal and released two albums

The parish priest from Ireland won over viewers on the ITV show on Saturday night.

They loved his rendition of Everybody Hurts by REM.

His performance earned him four “yeses” and a place in the next round with Simon Cowell saying it was one of his “favourite ever auditions”.

But Ray, 64, who told the judges he sang in church, failed to mention his extensive experience in the music industry which has also seen him travel to America with his sell-out Hallelujah Tour USA.

He recorded a ten-track album called Where I Belong, which went platinum with more than 40,000 sales and features his BGT audition track — and a 13-track Christmas album.

A source said: “Viewers were led to believe Father Ray was an amateur. But he’s a star in his own right. It seems producers are running out of talent so have turned to people who’ve already made it.”

A BGT spokeswoman said: “Father Ray’s recording deal ended in 2015.”

He is the latest hopeful to appear on the ITV show who is far from a newcomer.

Last year, acrobatics act Angara Contortion claimed they watched the show from their home in Russia, despite working as professional performers in Cirque du Soleil.

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