Romeo and Chelsie Hightower
04/19/2011 at 02:00 PM EDT
Everything is on the up and up for Romeo.
In the past five weeks, the actor-singer has steadily improved his moves – and scores – on Dancing with the Stars
, all while growing his fan base.
"All of my friends that are girls, they tell me, 'My mom has a crush on you. She’s voting for you,' " Romeo
, 21, tells PEOPLE.
Maybe that's because the former child rapper – previously known as Lil Romeo – is now a strapping young man with washboard abs and a charming personality that has endeared him to women of all ages.
"Older women? I think that's cool," he says, smiling. "I love all the moms out there. These women make the world go 'round."
Having a soccer mom fan base to support him "is definitely a good thing," he says. "I came into this thinking the first week what have I done? I'm not going to like this."
"But now," says Romeo, "I'm so happy I'm on this adventure, and I'm not ready for it to end. I want to show people I can win this thing."
Meanwhile, in his acting career Romeo stars in the new movie Jumping The Broom
, in which his character also has an appreciation for older women.