Singing Irish priest Father Ray Kelly must impress the Britain's Got Talent judges all over again in this week's live semi-finals because Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden will now have a say on who goes through to the final.

The 64-year-old parish priest in Oldcastle, Co Meath secured his place in the Britain's Got Talent semi-finals when the four judges put him through on Saturday night's show.

In previous years on the semi-finals, the two acts with the most viewer votes in each show went through to the final.

But in a new twist this year, only the act with the most votes will go through automatically, with the other finalist chosen by Cowell and co from the second and third-placed acts on the night.

Fr Ray Kelly is congratulated by hosts Ant and Dec after making it through to the semi-finals

The Britain's Got Talent live semi-finals begin on TV3 and ITV on Monday at 7:30pm, with the final taking place on Sunday June 3.

Show boss Cowell described Fr Kelly as one of his "favourite ever auditions" after his performance of REM's Everybody Hurts earlier in the competition moved the audience to tears.

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.