In orchestrating the star's move to the NBC hit, Irving Azoff pushes manager Jim Guerinot out of the picture
Gwen Stefani is being wooed by multiple suitors. According to sources, the No Doubt frontwoman, 44, was close to signing on as a judge for ABC's summer singing competition Rising Star before choosing NBC's The Voice.
Helping sway the singer's vote? Mega manager Irving Azoff (Eagles, Van Halen, Chelsea Handler). He suggested Stefani replace another of his clients, Christina Aguilera, who will take a hiatus to have a baby. Although at press time the deal was not yet done, Stefani is expected to join Pharrell Williams, who takes Cee Lo Green's chair, for season seven in the fall. "She's a friend of the family," Azoff tells Billboard of his relationship with Stefani.
The singer and her band No Doubt recently parted ways with Jim Guerinot, their manager since 1998. Stefani's defection marks the second longtime client to leave Guerinot's Rebel Waltz Management. Trent Reznor split in December to join John Silva's Silva Artist Management. Azoff denies that he has taken Stefani on as a client, but insiders claim otherwise.