Baby Born During 'Idol' Auditions (and through to Hollywood)

Idol_lNine-months-pregnant Antoria Gillon went into labor on Monday while waiting to audition for American Idol in Dallas. According to the Fox press release that announced this Idol first, "Determined not to miss her shot at fame, Gillon sang her best while in the midst of contractions. After completing the audition and learning she will return for the next round, Gillon was taken to a local hospital, where she gave birth to a healthy son — whom she named Jamil Labarron Idol McCowan."

Obviously, Mom wasn’t thinking clearly, or she’d have capitalized even more blatantly on the built-in branding opportunity; she should’ve named him Jamil Labarron Ford Coca-Cola Idol McCowan.

Upon hearing the newborn’s wail, Simon Cowell said, "That was horrible. The worst I’ve ever heard." Randy Jackson said, "I’m just not feelin’ you, dawg, but you know what? You did the best you could, and that was aiight." Paula Abdul said something that only the newborn understood.

Is Antoria insane, or already the best Idol contestant ever?

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  • ok

    white baby!

  • Kristen

    I’m going to say insane. Wonder how much airtime THIS will get?

  • tiacheryl

    I’m sure that come January, we’ll know more than we ever cared to know about little Jamil.

  • Nibs

    I think it’s sad that for a shot at 15 minutes of fame someone would put themselves and their baby at risk. Hope she goes all the way while the state raises her baby.

  • Anonymous

    Good for her! It’s not putting your baby in danger to sing and walk around. Many women do have babies without lying down in a hospital bed.

  • Sally

    I agree with the majority opinion, this was a stupid idea and it was stupid of the judges to accept her onto the next round. Nobody sings THAT good…but it gets good press for AI doesn’t it…and they have a decent backstory to follow.

  • Liza

    Insane, but hey, she got what she wanted, her picture everywhere 4 months before the show airs on FOX.

  • BrandonK


  • Dave

    Insane AND the Best. Idol. Contestant. Ever.
    “Paula Abdul said something that only the newborn understood.” LOVE IT!

  • GingerCat

    Something similar happened in Season 3, where a guy auditioned even though his wife was due to have their baby back home, several hours away. He got through to the next round based on that alone, because his singing was terrible. It was obvious the producers had ordered Simon to allow him through, and Simon was not happy about it.

  • Brandie

    I despise this stupid show and ALL of the contestants.

  • Melissa

    I feel like judging today. WTF is with the name?

  • Working Girl

    GingerCat – that guy was Phil Stacey, and he finished in the top 6 for the season. Not just “some guy.”

  • AA


  • Jonathan

    Yep. Insane.

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