August 30th, 2007
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Categories: On the Light Side

It gets heavy here in this blog sometimes with all of the discussion about decision making, grief, pregnancy, etc. and I figure we could use a short break from the heavy topics and a little chuckle every now and then. The story below will give you a little laugh (or at least a smile as you shake your head in disbelief) and is proof that babies have their own schedules of when they should make their grand entrance into the world.

A very pregnant but not quite to her due date woman named Antoria Gillon waited in line for over sixteen hours with other 13,000 hopeful contestants in the heat at Texas Stadium waiting for her turn to audition for the upcoming season of the hit reality talent competition, American Idol.


While waiting Antoria began having contractions. Instead of immediately leaving and going to the hospital she continued to wait in line even though producers urged her to leave.

“I didn’t want to turn around after being there all those hours in the heat with people pushing,”

When she finally made it to the audition room, she sang the hip hop song Get it Together n through the contractions which at this point had become back to back. An ambulance had already been called but she refused to sing until she had the golden ticket (which signifies a contestant made it to the next round) in her hand.

“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.”

Apparently she must be a decent singer, because finally with her golden ticket in hand, she got into the ambulance, was whisked off to the hospital, and shortly there after, delivered a healthy baby boy.

Did she name him after one of the beloved judges – Randy or Simon? She didn’t go that far but she did pay tribute to the show by naming him Jamil LaBarron Idol McCowan.

Babies come whenever they are ready – even when you are auditioning to be the next American Idol.

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2 Responses to “Going into Labor Unexpectedly”

  1. A good smile and a chuckle. Thanks!

  2. rsm2004 says:

    Well, as planning for the future of your child goes, this is not such a bad one; stranger things have happened…or have they?.!!
    What a story to tell her boy!

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