Howard (27), won his singing battle with fellow contestant Stephanie Webber for a place in the next round of the competition on Saturday.
Despite being the underdog he even managed to fend off Welsh singer Stephanie, with a line about Melton and pork pies.
Howard said: “The next song I’m going to perform is a classic. People can expect it to be high energy and I believe it’s my strongest vocal performance so far.
“I’m delighted to have made it through again and I can’t believe I’m just one step closer to the live shows.
“The competition keeps getting better so I needed to pull out all of the stops. My best is definitely still to come.”
The pair sang the 80s guitar pop hit You Make My Dreams Come True by Hall and Oates. But when it was over their mentor, Sir Tom Jones chose Howard over Stephanie.
Howard added: “I didn’t realise at the time that the song was what my cousin and his wife walked down the isle to at their wedding.
“It was very different for me performing without my guitar but I was able to have more fun physically.
“I’m just relishing the opportunity I’ve been given and want to do well.”
After Saturday’s triumph Howard is one of eight acts left on ‘Team Tom.’ Shortly the competition will be whittled down to just three acts in each judges team who will perform in the live shows.