Dan Ferrari-Lane (19), Mickey Parsons (18) and Greg West (18) announced the rebranding at the weekend, after asking their fans to help them choose a new name.
As of Saturday’s live edition of The X Factor
(UK), the band has been known as District 3, with a new Facebook page, District3Music
, though the band’s previous Facebook page, GMD3
, is also still available.
The change came about following comments made by
former X Factor
judge Sharon Osbourne.
Previously, during the house stage of the current ITV series, Osbourne joined Louis Walsh in Las Vegas. She was helping the X Factor
judge decide which of his top three acts he wanted to send through to the live stage of the show.
During the whittling-down process, Osbourne, never shy of saying exactly what she thinks, pointed out that the band’s name sounded more like a disease
Following her comments
, Walsh and the boys set about finding a new moniker that sounded less like a name for a sexually transmitted disease, and asked their fast-growing fan base to help.
Of the names suggested by the public, Parsons told the Sun
, “There were quite a few good suggestions – and loads of joke ones: Greg and His Sausage Rolls; Threesome, Threeway; Louis’ Little Boys.” However, the name finally decided upon was the more serious District 3.
Of the band, Louis said
, “They’re great guys. They’ve already proved themselves vocally, and I think they are going to be great.”
Meanwhile, and despite her jibe about the band's original name, Unreality TV
reports Mrs O as describing the boys
as "just a delight. You can tell they take it seriously.".
For Saturday’s show, District 3 joined Walsh’s other two acts, MK1 and Union J, another boy band that changed its name
, incidentally, from Triple J, after a fourth member joined.