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Bieber tweets over TV show drama

Justin Bieber missed performing on a German TV show after one of the contestants was severely injured.

The live broadcast of popular game show Wetten Dass (Bet It) was halted after 23-year-old Samuel Koch was badly hurt while trying to jump over a moving car driven by his father.

The accident occurred just before Canadian teen idol Justin was to appear on the show, prompting him to say on his Twitter account: "Please pray for Samuel Koch & his family as we wait and hope for his health and safety."

Samuel's stunt may have gone terribly wrong because the special shoes he was wearing for the jump, featuring a suspension system, malfunctioned.

Broadcaster ZDF said the accident prompted it to cancel the live broadcast, which had an audience of about 10 million people, according to German media.

Samuel suffered multiple back injuries and fractures, underwent surgery, and his condition was initially life threatening, the German news agency DPAD quoted Duesseldorf hospital's Dr Wolfgang Raab as saying.

Sixteen-year-old singer Justin added on Twitter that he felt sorry for not being able to perform in Germany, but "some things are more important than putting on a show. We will be back I promise."

The TV show was also scheduled to include a performance by Take That's Robbie Williams, and Phil Collins, Cher or actress Cameron Diaz were among the guests, according to the broadcaster's website.

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