The 42-year-old gospel singer impressed voters with his performance of 'What a Wonderful World' during Monday night's broadcast, pulling in a whopping 18.4%.
Similarly impressive were Lindsey Pavao, whose take on Gotye and Kimbra's 'Somebody That I Used to Know' pulled in 16.9% and Charlotte Sometimes, who brought in 15.4% with her energetic cover of Paramore's 'Misery Business'.
Opera singer Chris Mann's version of 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' fared well enough, grabbing 10.0%. He came in just ahead of Jordis Unga, who performed Heart's 'Alone' for 8.0% of the vote.
RaeLynn, Erin Willett and Jermaine Paul fared slightly worse, gaining 7.5%, 6.5% and 6.0% of votes for their respective performances.
Voters were even less impressed with Ashley de la Rosa, who received only 4.5% for her version of Alanis Morissette's 'Right Through You'. Falling close behind were Sera Hill and Naia Kete, who both got a paltry 2.5% of votes for their performances of Drake's 'Find Your Love' and Adele's 'Turning Tables' failed to make an impression.
Finally, Moses Stone's medley of Kanye West's 'Stronger' and 'Power' was a bit of a disaster, taking only 2.0% of reader votes.
Who will head home from the first group of finalists? Stay with Digital Spy live from 9/8c to find out!