TV Contestant Near Death After Stunt Snafu

Gruesome stadium accident cancels Justin Bieber concert that was to follow

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 6, 2010 2:22 AM CST

(Newser) – A German TV contestant who was supposed to leap over a car driven by his dad using special spring shoes was critically injured when the stunt went horribly awry. Officials believe the shoes worn by 23-year-old Samuel Koch malfunctioned as he hit the ground, causing him to suffer severe spinal injuries. The live broadcast was halted for the audience of some 10 million and the accident caused the cancellation of a Justin Bieber concert that was to follow in the same stadium. Bieber tweeted an apology for the cancellation, but added that "some things are more important than putting on a show," AP reports.

Contestant Samuel Koch, wearing spring shoes, attempts to jumps over a moving car, driven by his father, during the live broadcast of  'Wetten dass ?' (Bet it?), a top show  of German TV channel ZDF in Duesseldorf, western Germany, Saturday Dec. 4, 2010. Koch failed during his attempt, crashed on...
Contestant Samuel Koch, wearing spring shoes, attempts to jumps over a moving car, driven by his father, during the live broadcast of 'Wetten dass ?' (Bet it?), a top show of German TV channel ZDF in...   (AP Photo/ Hermann J. Knippertz/Pool)
German TV hosts Thomas Gottschalk  and Michelle Hunziker watch contestant Samuel Koch after a stunt went wrong during the top rated German game show Wetten Dass (Bet it...?) in Duesseldorf, Saturday Dec. 4 , 2010. Koch tried to jump over a moving car, driven by his father, wearing Kangaroo shoes...
German TV hosts Thomas Gottschalk and Michelle Hunziker watch contestant Samuel Koch after a stunt went wrong during the top rated German game show "Wetten Dass" (Bet it...?) in Duesseldorf, Saturday...   (AP Photo/Ralph Orlowski, pool)
German TV host Thomas Gottschalk right, watches over contestant Samuel Koch after a stunt went wrong during the top rated German game show Wetten Dass (Bet it...?) in Duesseldorf, Saturday Dec. 4 , 2010. Koch tried to jump over a moving car, driven by his father, wearing Kangaroo shoes when...
German TV host Thomas Gottschalk right, watches over contestant Samuel Koch after a stunt went wrong during the top rated German game show "Wetten Dass" (Bet it...?) in Duesseldorf, Saturday Dec. 4 ,...   (AP Photo/Ralph Orlowski, pool)
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