'ASAP' mainstay Gary Valenciano. FILE
MANILA - Veteran performer Gary Valenciano will temporarily not be seen on the hit celebrity impersonation contest "Your Face Sounds Familiar," wherein he sits as judge along with Sharon Cuneta and Jed Madela.
Valenciano confirmed the development with ABS-CBN News' Jeff Fernando on Friday, shortly before his departure for Papua New Guinea where he will hold a concert for the first time.
He will continue on an international tour with stops in Spain and Qatar, among others, and cited this as the reason he won't be returning the panel of judges in a number of episodes of "Your Face Sounds Familiar."
"'Yung pinaka magandang message na nakukuha ko for the show is that napapasaya namin sila kahit sa maiksing panahon lang, and it's good to hear that," he said.
The weekend program, a local franchise of the Endemol format that originated in Spain, debuted last March 14 with eight celebrity contenders.
Replacing Valenciano in the mean time will be TV host Boy Abunda, who just last Sunday bid farewell to viewers of "The Buzz," a Sunday talk show he had co-hosted for 15 years, as it aired its final episode.
Valenciano did not specify the duration of Abunda's stay in "Your Face Sounds Familiar," which will air for nine more weeks until May 31.