DALLAS, Texas – For the first time in "American Idol" history, a contestant went into labor while waiting with 3,500 hopefuls for her chance to become the next superstar — and auditioned anyway.
On Monday, nine months' pregnant Antoria Gillon arrived at Texas Stadium with hopes of becoming the next "American Idol." However, as she waited patiently for her melodic moment, the 20-year-old hair stylist started having contractions.
“I didn’t want to turn around after being there all those hours in the heat with people pushing,” said Gillon. “So my friend helped me walk through the line. I wasn’t going to leave without singing.”
When she finally made it into the audition room, the ambitious performer admitted that her right hand was shaking as she grasped her bulging belly but continued to belt out tunes.
“I gave it my all through the contractions. They were back to back and getting harder and harder but I was more than willing to have my baby right there,” Gillon said. “I wasn’t leaving without my golden ticket to the next round.”
A judge stood up and gave the Dallas native her seat, and even when the ambulance arrived, Gillion refused to leave — telling them that she “wasn’t through singing yet.”
After finally hearing that she was still in the running to be the next "American Idol," the young mom was taken to the Medical Center at Lancaster, where she gave birth to a healthy son — whom she named Jamil Labarron Idol McCowan. Baby Idol arrived early Tuesday morning weighing 6 pounds, 7 ounces. He's the second child for the starry-eyed singer.
“I was raised that the only failure is not trying,” Gillon said. “I always wanted to be an Idol since it started, but there was always a problem. Either it was transport or I couldn’t afford to get on the bus. So I wasn’t going to just give up.”