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GRANDVIEW, Mo. -- Empire fans have been holding their breath since the season finale back in March.

The hit FOX show is back with its season premiere Wednesday night.

Fans gathered at Bottoms Up Nightclub and Grill in Grandview for a watch party hosted by Hot 103 Jamz. Folks showed up to see if the show’s premier would be as juicy as last season’s finale.

"It just really blew me away. It left me hanging on a cliff waiting for the next season,” said Deidra.

"I wanted it to continue, and I just said ‘wow! How could you just leave us like that?’" said Thomas.

Since last season, the show and its actors have been nominated for and have won a slew of awards including the Teen Choice Award for best breakout show.

This season, with Lucious Lyon behind bars, everyone wants to know who will lay claim to the family empire.

"They're supposed to talk about who is going to end up being the owner, so I'm waiting to see who that's going to be," said Deidra.

"Who he picks, or who he wants to be has to do the same job as him. He's going to hold them to a higher standard," said Thomas.

This season promises to feature more of the character Cookie Lyon even showing more of her gentle side.

“You will definitely see all sides of cookie," said actress Taraji P. Henson, who portrays Cookie Lyon.

There continues to be buzz about the show's music.

Folks can't wait to see what they come up with this year.

Last season's soundtrack debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.

"The music is always wonderful. I can't wait to see what they're going to play this year,” said Thomas.

On Wednesday FOX 4 asked some of the Hot 103 radio personalities what they thought of the music.

"I’m going to be real with you, it was a little corny! No it was good. They had top notch producers on there, and they have great new artist,” said Brian B Shynin with Hot 103 Jamz.

“I thought the soundtrack was excellent. Timbaland has been in the game for absolutely ever and for the show to partner with an artist like that, I think was a great move,” said Hot 103’s Shay Moore.

“My boy Hakim is taking over this season. It's all about that drip drop, drip, drip drop,” joked 103’s ‘Playmaker.’

All three were divided about who they wanted to take over the empire. The show launched a singing contest this summer, which had dozens of aspiring singers lining up for the Empire bus in the Kansas City Power and Light District. The submission period for that contest ends at midnight on Wednesday, the night of the premier.

We'll let you know once a winner is announced.