It's official: The 2018 Miss Universe competition will take place in Bangkok, Thailand! It will air in the United States live on Sunday, December 16 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live) via FOX!

Five-time Emmy Award winner Steve Harvey is returning as host, and the three-hour event will feature women representing nearly 100 countries competing in multiple categories, ultimately resulting in reigning Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters from South Africa crowning her successor.

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“The Miss Universe competition provides women from all walks of life and all corners of the globe the opportunity to represent their countries and share their ambitions, perspectives, and personal experiences on an international stage,” Demi said. “Becoming Miss Universe changed the course of my life, and I look forward to seeing which amazing woman will benefit next!”

Over the pageant’s rich 67-year history, Bangkok hosted Miss Universe in 1992 and 2005, with Thai representatives capturing the crown twice in 1965 and 1988. Known for tropical beaches and pristine islands, sprawling metropolitan and lavish royal palaces, ancient ruins and lavish temples, Thailand’s colorful history and unique culture is home to one of Miss Universe’s most passionate fan bases. This year, the Miss Universe representatives will have the opportunity to travel throughout the country and experience its different “Go Local” points of interest.

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Can't wait for our very own Miss Philippines Catriona Gray to knock it out of the park!

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