08/20/2008 at 10:00 AM EDT
How well Paris Hilton
travels is about to be put to the test, as the American hotel heiress is taking her act to British TV.
"Everyone knows I love L.A. But London, watch out – I'm coming to town and bringing my fast-paced life with me," Hilton, 27, said in a statement to trumpet the U.K. version of her still-yet-to-air U.S. MTV series in which she searches for a new BFF.
"I'm in the U.K. all the time, but of course I can't bring all my friends, so I've decided to look for a new BFF across the pond," Hilton is quoted as saying on the Web site
of ITV, whose ITV2 will air her show.
"I need a best friend who is hot, who can keep up with me, and most of all, who is real and won't be a backstabber. I'm not leaving London until I find that amazing girl or guy who can meet the challenges of being my British bestie!"
In March, Hilton and MTV announced
that the hotel heiress would star in its new reality series
to be titled I Wanna Be Paris's New Best Friend!
, to begin production in May and to air in the final quarter of this year.
More than 85,000 BFF wannabes reportedly sought to apply to the MTV show.
Asks the promo for the British version, titled, simply, Paris Hilton's New Best Friend
: "Will the contestants have the energy to keep up with Paris's dizzying schedule? Will they have the looks and style to effortlessly accompany La Hilton down the red carpet, or will they be hopelessly out of their depth? Who could resist tuning in to find out?"
U.K. applicants, who are to be between ages 18 and 28, have until Sept. 1 to submit their photos and forms.