Legal action against X Factor band name

The boss of a charity that shares its name with X Factor finalists Rhythmix has said he is being forced to take legal action in a bid to get the girl band to change their name.

The four-strong group, who were put together after entering the show as solo acts, are among the 16 finalists who will fight it out in the first live show on Saturday.

Mark Davyd, the chief executive of music charity Rhythmix, said he had enlisted a legal firm to write to the team behind the hit show asking them to change the band’s name after his earlier request was ignored.

He said: “The first reply from X Factor was basically ‘We don’t care’. Maybe I’m naive but I work in an area where I expect people to do the right thing.

“No-one would call a band Nordoff Robbins or Shelter. Now I accept that we are not as big as those organisations but we put on concerts and put out CDs and its just not appropriate.

“We’ve started to have to pay out money to protect the integrity of the charity which I just think is ridiculous.”

The charity, which was set up in 1999 and is based in Brighton, organises musicians to work with hundreds of disabled and vulnerable children every year.

An X Factor spokeswoman said: “The charity in question have trademarked the name ‘Rhythmix’ for educational purposes only, which is not in conflict with the band or the show.”

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