Paradise Hotel, which is returning to Fox after 16 years, will premiere in May and feature reality TV star Kristin Cavallari as the host.

Fox has announced the revival of Paradise Hotel will premiere with a two-hour episode on Thursday, May 9 at 8PM ET/PT.

The reality dating competition series will air three nights per week, and Kristin -- who found fame on Laguna Beach followed by The Hills, and currently stars on Very Cavallari, which is in its second season on E! -- said she is "so excited" to host the Paradise Hotel revival this summer.

"This show literally has everything -- dating, love triangles, alliances, competition -- and I can't wait to stir the pot and have a front-row seat to all the drama!" Kristin said in a statement.

Paradise Hotel will air over the course of five weeks.

Following the Thursday night premiere, the series will air one-hour episodes on Mondays beginning on May 13 at 9PM ET/PT and Wednesdays starting on May 15 at 9PM ET/PT. Each Thursday night broadcast will be two hours long from 8-10PM ET/PT.

Fox reality chief Rob Wade said Kristin will be the perfect host of Paradise Hotel because she "grew up on the frontlines of reality television" and will appeal to a new generation of viewers.

"The show is a fun balance of romantic love, cutthroat competition and humor," Wade continued, "and Kristin's unique experience, especially with live television, makes her the best person to navigate the wild, unpredictable moments."

Paradise Hotel originally aired on Fox in 2003 and featured contestants competing for an "Ultimate Reward" mystery prize which turned out to be $500,000.

Paradise Hotel's new revival will reportedly follow a similar format as the original show, which featured singles of the opposite sex living, playing and hooking-up with one another in an exclusive resort in a tropical location (the original took place at a resort in Acapulco, Mexico).

Each week, the pairings changed and the housemates evicted one of their fellow contestants and a new person joined the cast as a replacement.

In a new twist, Fox's new Paradise Hotel revival will allow viewers to play along at home and use social media to try and influence what happens on screen -- including helping to decide who stays and who goes.

The "modernized version of the international hit," according to Fox, is being produced by Mentorn Media and SallyAnn Salsano's 495 Productions.
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Paradise Hotel is being executive-produced by SallyAnn Salsano, Becca Walker, James Sunderland, Paul Osborne, and Celia Taylor.

A soapy, Big Brother-like reality series, Paradise Hotel aired a 32-episode, twice-a-week run on Fox during Summer 2003. (Click here to read Reality TV World's extensive coverage of the original edition.)

Paradise Hotel's strong ratings performance in 2003 resulted in Fox executives all but formally announcing their intentions to air a Summer 2004 edition of Paradise Hotel.

However, rather than actually doing so, they instead decided to attempt to capitalize on the format's popularity by leveraging it into a new "never-ending" year-round Forever Eden reality series that flopped and was canceled only seven episodes after its Spring 2005 launch. 

Fox then contemplated bringing the original Paradise Hotel format back for another run for Summer 2005, but eventually decided against it.

A couple of years later, Fox decided to revive Paradise Hotel for dual broadcast on MyNetworkTV, the then-new broadcast network Fox had launched after 2006's surprise The CW network launch left many former The WB and UPN affiliates (including nearly a dozen Fox-owned stations) without a network affiliation, and Fox Reality, a short-lived cable and satellite TV network Fox had launched in 2005.

Dubbed Paradise Hotel 2, the revival premiered in February 2008 and consisted of only 16 episodes that aired once a week. It was not renewed.
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Elizabeth Kwiatkowski is Associate Editor of Reality TV World and has been covering the reality TV genre for more than a decade.