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Kris Allen: I Still Love 'American Idol'

The season eight champion declares he is still an "Idol" "fanatic" as he wrapped a weekend with several appearances, including the National Memorial Day parade and a Maryland concert where he unveiled his latest cover of a Justin Bieber song.

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 Kris Allen took to the airwaves this morning to set the record straight: He is still American Idol’s biggest fan.

Allen was taken off guard at the airport last week by a TMZ camera crew, who asked the singer if he had watched the season 11 finale. Allen, who was scheduled for a concert  in Los Angeles the same night, didn’t have time to make both. However, the accompanying story conveyed the message that Allen suggested the show had run its course – something he never said.

“It was the weirdest thing ever,” said Allen during a radio interview on Washington, D.C.’s, Hot 99.5. “It seems a little fabricated to be honest. It feels like they were putting words in my mouth but they do what they do.”

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Allen, whose sophomore album Thank You Camellia is expected to make a top 25 debut on the Billboard 200 on Wednesday, made it clear that he is still loyal to the program that launched his career.

“I’ve always been a huge fanatic about this show, and it’s done so many great things for me,” said the season eight champion. “It’s given me amazing opportunities to make music, and I would never, ever, ever, ever say anything that would harm the show.”

Allen had a busy Memorial Day weekend, kicking it off with a concert (and a sexy cover of Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend") in Ocean City, Maryland.

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The 26-year-old singer, whose father-in-law retired from the Air Force, also hopped a float for the National Memorial Day Parade on Monday, where he crooned an acoustic version of his single “Vision of Love.”  

Watch Allen's Bieber cover below: