Kris Aquino backs out of 'Pilipinas Got Talent'

Posted at 12/14/09 4:35 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Television host-actress Kris Aquino has turned down an offer to be one of the judges of ABS-CBN’s "Pilipinas Got Talent (PGT)” to have more time with her family.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Aquino said being part of PGT entails “so much travel,” which in effect will cut down whatever time she has for her 2 sons, Josh and Baby James, and husband, cager James Yap.

Aquino is already swamped with work. Aside from hosting “The Buzz” and “SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon,” she is also taping every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for her upcoming ABS-CBN teleserye.

“Nakaka-uwi ako 4 to 5 in the morning from the soap. Tapos Tuesday, Thursday before lunch hindi ako mapakinabangan,” she said.

“’Yong mga kids hinahanap talaga ako. And even if James is not complaining, parang sabi niya, 2 weeks pa lang ang taping, ‘Gaano katagal nga ba yan?’” she added.

Aquino said she already discussed her decision to channel head Cory Vidanes. She added that “there will be other judges who are even better than me.”

“Sabi ko, ‘I don’t have to be selfish. Hindi kailangan na bawat show na i-offer niyo sa akin, akin na.’ Sabi ko, ‘Sorry, it’s a decision for my kids and for my health,’” she said.

She admitted that it was a hard decision, but she said she had to make that choice.

PGT is a reality television series patterned after the popular “Britain’s Got Talent (BGT)” and “America’s Got Talent.”

Similar to other “Got Talent” series, the Philippine version of the talent show will also feature singers, dancers, magicians, comedians and other performers from all ages.

It will be hosted by actor-host Luis Manzano and international Filipino artist Billy Crawford.