‘X Factor’ girl group 4th Power came under fire after their first audition when it emerged that they had already appeared on reality TV shows around the globe, and now they’ve made headlines once again.
The four-piece sister act have been involved in a legal battle with another pop group, who claim that they had already been using the name, 4th Power.
After being told that using the name was an infringement of copyright laws, the ‘X Factor’ act will be known as 4th Impact.
A source tells The Sun: “It came as a bit of a shock. The homework should have been done.”
Last weekend, the group sailed through the first stage of Bootcamp, performing an energetic rendition of Tina Turner’s ‘Proud Mary’, alongside fellow hopefuls Louis Johnson and Neneth Lyons.
The Sun have claimed that the name-change has caused “major problems” for the band, who are expected to “feature heavily” in the next instalment of ‘The X Factor’.
The name-change echoes a similar incident involving another ‘X Factor girl group, Little Mix (perhaps you’ve heard of them), who were forced to change their name from Rhythmix when a charity with that name threatened them with legal action.
4th Power went down a storm earlier in the series, when they wowed the judges with their version of Jessie J’s ‘Bang Bang’, although some critics suggested it was unfair that they should enter a so-called amateur competition when they already have experience on reality shows.
‘X Factor’ bosses stuck up for the girls amid the backlash, though, with a spokesperson insisting: “‘X Factor’ producers did not approach 4th Power to audition - they flew to the UK to audition of their own accord and went through exactly the same audition process as other acts.
“Their interview in the programme clearly said that they had been performing together since 2001 and had competed in various places. There are no rules preventing anyone who has appeared on other shows from applying for ‘The X Factor’.”